Armenia praises US lawmakers` vote on `genocide`
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Last Updated: Friday, March 05, 2010, 18:11
Moscow: Welcoming the vote by US Congress to brand the killing of Armenians by Ottoman forces during World War I as "genocide," Armenia today said it was an important step forward for human rights.

"We highly appreciate the decision by the Committee on Foreign Affairs of the United States House of Representatives to adopt Resolution 252 on the recognition of the Armenian genocide," Armenian Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian said in a statement.

The Foreign Affairs Committee of the US House of Representatives voted yesterday 23 to 22 in support of the resolution following almost six hours of heated debate.

"This is further proof of the devotion of the American people to universal human values and is an important step toward the prevention of crimes against humanity," the Foreign Minister was quoted as saying by RIA Novosti.

The non-binding resolution calls on President Barack Obama to ensure that US foreign policy reflects an understanding of the "genocide" and to label the mass killings as such in his annual statement on the issue.

On the eve of the vote, the Obama administration urged the committee not to approve the resolution, fearing it could alienate Washington's NATO ally Turkey, whose help the White House considers invaluable for solving issues in West Asia and Afghanistan.


First Published: Friday, March 05, 2010, 18:11

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