ArmInfo. Many Armenians have told me the importance of the resolution on the Armenian Genocide adopted by the House of Representatives of the Congress, and I understand and respect this. The US Ambassador to Armenia Lynn Tracy stated this in an interview with Civilnet.
"However, at the hearing at the time of my appointment as ambassador, I pointed out that the American administrations, both the former and the current, accept these historical facts. Namely, the barbarism that occurred in 1915 was one of the worst tragedies of the twentieth century. this is declared every year, on the day commemoration of this tragedy, and this is done regardless of US relations with other states, including Turkey, "the diplomat said.
To clarify whether Turkish President Renjep Tayyip Erdogan's visit to Washington is due to the process of suspending the consideration of the resolution on the Armenian Genocide in the US Senate, Tracy recalled that Congress is an independent branch of government and makes its own independent decisions, and in this connection it cannot say what reasons this step has been taken. However, she continued, this process has not yet been completed and I believe it is necessary to observe where he leads.
Recall that on November 13 it became known that US Senator Lindsey Graham (Republican from South Carolina) blocked the vote on the draft resolution on the Armenian Genocide in the upper house of the US Congress.
In response to a proposal by Democratic Senator Robert Menendez to vote in the Senate for a draft resolution on the Genocide, Graham blocked the vote.
"A few hours ago, I discussed with the President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the head of the White House Donald Trump the problems that we encountered in Syria due to the Turkish military operation. I also hope that Turkey and Armenia will be able to discuss this problem among themselves (events of 1915 ). Senators should not "rewrite history" and perceive historical realities differently from what they actually were, "said the Republican senator, whom Anadola brings.
Lindsay Graham called on congressmen to take into account the prospects for Turkish-American relations when making decisions.
It should be noted that on October 29, the US House of Representatives adopted resolution No. 296 on the recognition of the Armenian Genocide. The document was added to the Congress agenda in April. 405 members of the House of Representatives spoke in support of the draft resolution, against - 11. Turkey announced that it ignores and considers inadmissible the biased position of the US House of Representatives on the events of 1915.