Turkey warns against U.S. move to recognize Armenian ‘genocide’
Istanbul, Turkey (CNN) — The Turkish government warned American lawmakers not to pass a resolution recognizing the 1915 killings of ethnic Armenians in Ottoman Turkey as genocide.
“It would harm U.S.-Turkish relations,” said Burak Ozugergin, Turkey’s foreign ministry spokesman.
The U.S. House Foreign Relations Committee is expected to discuss the proposed resolution Thursday. According to a draft obtained by CNN, it calls on President Obama to “accurately characterize the systematic and deliberate annihilation of 1.5 million Armenians as genocide.”