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(DIP) IF U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES ADOPT A RESOLUTION ON INCIDENTS OF 1915, THIS WOULD "HURT" BILATERAL RELATIONS, YENEL.

ANKARA, Mar 2, 2010 (TUR) -- Deputy Undersecretary of the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA), Selim Yenel, said Monday if the United States Congress adopt a resolution on incidents of 1915 on April 24, 2010, this would "hurt" bilateral relations between Turkey and the USA.

Yenel's comments came after the Foreign Affairs Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives began discussing a resolution regarding the incidents of 1915.

Speaking to reporters in Turkish capital province of Ankara, Yenel said that Turkey and the U.S. passed through a sensitive period.

There is a high possibility that the resolution may get adopted by the Foreign Affairs Committee. However, this will not be the first time that the resolution may get adopted by the Committee. A similar resolution was adopted by the Committee in 2007, Yenel said.

If the resolution does get adopted by the Committee, the process until April 24 will be extremely crucial. Within this process, Turkey has held discussions with the U.S. administration, members of the U.S. Congress and relevant U.S. officials. We have made the necessary warnings to appropriate authorities in the U.S., Yenel stressed.

The Turkish Ambassador in Washington, D.C., Mr. Namik Tan, is making all efforts pertaining to the resolution. Ambassador Tan held talks with high level dignitaries of the Jewish community living in the U.S. the other night, Yenel noted.

Touching on the normalization process between Turkey and Armenia, Yenel underlined that Turkey wished for the continuation of normalization of relations between the two countries. However, if the resolution gets adopted by the Committee, his would seriously harm the normalization process, Yenel indicated.

We not only wish the normalization of Turkey-Armenia relations but also the normalization of Azerbaijan-Armenia relations. Turkey, as part of its regional vision, wants to establish good relations with all neighboring countries and one of the important steps in this direction is to facilitate the normalization of relations with Armenia, Yenel said.

We are watching and observing the resolution's process with great "concern", Yenel underlined.

The Foreign Affairs Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives will debate a resolution on the incidents of 1915 on March 4, 2010.

Every year, U.S. presidents deliver a speech on April 24 on the incidents of 1915. Until 2010, no U.S. president has ever referred to the incidents of 1915 as "genocide". The attitude of U.S. President Barack Obama on the incidents of 1915 is being waited with great curiosity in 2010.

In 2005, Turkey officially proposed to Armenian government the establishment of a joint commission of history composed of historians and other experts from both sides to study together the events of 1915 not only in the archives of Turkey and Armenia but also in the archives of all relevant third countries and to share their findings with the public. To date, the Armenian government has not responded to Turkey's proposal of establishing the historical committee.

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