U.S. Department of State
Statement by Philip T. Reeker, Deputy Spokesman
House Subcommittee Passes Resolution 596
On behalf of the Administration, the State Department regrets the passage today by the House International Relations Committee of Resolution 596 dealing with the tragic events in Turkey in the years 1915 to 1923.
Just yesterday, President Clinton reiterated his opposition to this resolution in a phone call with Turkey's President Sezer.
If this resolution is adopted by the full House of Representatives, it will not assist and will likely complicate our efforts to bring peace and stability to the Caucasus and harm our relations with Turkey, our strategic partner in the region.
We continue to believe that establishing a productive dialogue on these events is the best way to achieve our mutual goals of peace and stability in the region. Resolutions such as this one, however, hinder rather than encourage that kind of dialogue.
Turkey is a key ally in a critical region; we want to work with Turkey to achieve our common objectives.
It is in our mutual interest that important and longstanding bilateral ties withstand this resolution. The foundation of our U.S.-Turkish partnership remains strong.
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