April 11, 2014 - 12:49 AMT
PanARMENIAN.Net - Several hours before the adoption of the Armenian Genocide Resolution by the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, journalists questioned State Department Press Spokesperson Jen Psaki regarding the Obama Administration's position on the resolution and pending Committee consideration.
"Well, our position has long been that we acknowledge – clearly acknowledge as historical fact and mourn the loss of 1.5 million Armenians who were massacred or marched to their deaths in the final days of the Ottoman Empire. These horrific events resulted in one of the worst atrocities of the 20th century, and the United States recognizes that they remain a great source of pain for the people of Armenia and of Armenian descent, as they do for all of us who share basic universal values. Beyond that, I don’t have any other comment for you," Psaki replied.
Despite repeated queries, she stopped short of the State Department's traditional practice of openly arguing against the adoption of Armenian Genocide legislation.
Meanwhile, according to the Hurriyet Daily News, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu held a phone conversation with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry prior to the committee vote, to discuss the document.
The Turkish government is taking measures against “initiatives that will bother Turkey,” he said.