Resolution recognizing the Armenian genocide blocked in the US Senate. UU.
By Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican Senator Kevin Cramer prevented the US Senate from voting on a resolution Thursday that would recognize genocide as the mass murders of Armenians a century ago, saying it was not an appropriate time to pass legislation that would enrage to turquia. The House of Representatives, led by the Democrats, approved the resolution by an overwhelming 405-11 at the end of October. But there has not been a vote in the Senate, where Republicans of President Donald Trump have the majority of seats. Congressional advisers said the White House does not want the legislation to move forward while negotiating with Ankara on sensitive issues such as Turkey's offensive against Kurdish fighters in northern Syria and the purchase of an S-400 missile defense system by of NATO's ally to Russia, which could lead to sanctions by the United States. The resolution states that it is the policy of the United States to commemorate the killing of 1.5 million Armenians by the Ottoman Empire from 1915 to 1923 as genocide. The Ottomon Empire focused on present-day Turkey. Turkey accepts that many Armenians living in the Ottoman Empire were killed in clashes with the Ottoman forces during World War I, but questions the figures and denies that the murders were systematically orchestrated and constitute a genocide. Ankara sees foreign participation in the issue as a threat to his sovereignty. He immediately denounced the vote of the House. Democratic Senator Bob Menéndez and Republican Senator Ted Cruz tried to force a vote in the Senate on the resolution on Thursday. Cramer blocked it, saying it was not the time right after Trump held talks with Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan at the NATO summit in London. I don't think there is a single member of the Senate who doesn't have serious concerns about Turkey's behavior, Cramer said, adding: At the right time, we can approve it. Menendez disagreed, noting that Erdogan recently visited Washington and that nothing had changed. He promised to come to the Senate chamber once a week to raise the issue. I will not cease until we do what is moral and mainly correct, Menendez said. For decades, measures that recognize the Armenian genocide have stalled in the United States Congress, hampered by concerns over relations with Turkey and the intense lobbying of the Ankara government. The House vote marked the first time in 35 years that such legislation was considered throughout the chamber, which underscores the widespread frustration in Congress with the Turkish government, by members of both American political parties. (Report by Patricia Zengerle; David Gregorio Edition) This story has not been edited by The Times of India and is automatically generated from a syndicated feed to which we subscribe. (This story has not been edited by timesofindia.com and is automatically generated from a syndicated feed to which we subscribe.)