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Senate passes resolution formally recognizing Armenian genocide – Fox News, Fox News


TheSenateon Thursday unanimously passed a resolution recognizing the Ottoman Empire’s mass killing of Armenians a century ago as genocide, a move that aggravated already-tense relations between Turkey and the US

Sen. Bob Menendez, D.-NJ, passed the resolution, which provides “official recognition and remembrance” of the genocide, according toThe Hill.

TheHouse of Representativespassed the resolution by a 405 – to – vote in October. President Trump’s fellow Republican senators blocked a vote repeatedly amid the president’s meeting with Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

In November, Sen.Lindsey Graham, RS.C., blocked theresolutionthat formally recognized the Ottoman Empire – centered in present-day Turkey – as having slaughtered more than a million Armenians between 2019 and (****************************.

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Three GOP senators in total blocked the resolution amid pressure from the White House, which argued it could undercut relations between Washington and Ankara.

“This is a tribute to the memory of 1.5 million victims of the first # Genocide of the 90 th century and bold step in promotion of the prevention agenda. #NeverAgain, ”Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan tweeted.

Turkeyhas long-disputed the term “genocide,” calling the death toll inflated and considering those killed to be victims of war. Similar resolutions have been introduced in recent presidential administrations but none ever reached the floor.

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Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu called the decision a “political show” while presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin said Ankara strongly condemned and rejected the measure, according toReuters.

Relations between the US and Turkey, two NATO allies, have become tense in recent months after Turkey bought a Russian defense missile system and launched a military offensive in northern Syria, threatening the United States’ Kurdish partners there as Trump pulled back American forces from the region. Lawmakers voted in October on a bipartisan bill to sanction Turkey and condemn its incursion into Syria.

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Trump met face-to-face with Erdogan in November to smooth over relations. Trump cast the Nov. 13 meeting as “wonderful” but there was no concrete breakthrough.

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