Sadly in Turkey that is the only thing you are allowed to say!! No genocide committed here!! And as PM Erdogan would add ~ No Muslim could commit a genocide!!
Murat Mercan was part of a Turkish parliamentary delegation that had gone to Washington to try to persuade members of the House of Representatives committee to reject the resolution.
Giving his reaction after the vote, he warned that Ankara doesn't "bluff.""We are a big very important country. We don't bluff. Whatever we said in the past will come true," Mercan said. "You will all see the government, the prime minister, the foreign minister working on possible reactions and consequences."
The White House had also urged the U.S. lawmakers not to pass the resolution, saying it would offend NATO member Turkey at a time when relations with Ankara are crucial for U.S. Middle East policy.
Armenia, however, described the vote as a boost for human rights.
In Yerevan, Armenian Foreign Minister Eduard Nalbandian said the vote was "another proof of the devotion of the American people to universal human values" and was "an important step toward the prevention of crimes against humanity."Armenian-American groups have sought congressional affirmation of the killings as genocide for decades and welcomed the March 4 vote -- despite expressing disappointment at the Obama administration's efforts to block the measure. The Armenian Assembly of America told RFE/RL's Armenian Service it was satisfied with the vote, which it said came "in the face of extreme tactics."And Kenneth Hachikian, chairman of the Armenian National Committee of America, denounced the "incredible pressure from the Turkish government" on U.S. lawmakers. He told reporters that the committee's vote showed that "Turkey doesn't get a vote or a veto in the U.S. Congress.""We are very gratified that the House Foreign Affairs Committee chose to prevent Turkey from imposing a gag rule on U.S. foreign policy," Hachikian said, "and decided to stand up for peace and justice and to bring forward the truth of the Armenian genocide."In Turkey ally Azerbaijan, the executive secretary of the ruling Yeni Azerbaijan Party, Ali Ahmadov, expressed regret and denounced a"falsification of history."The resolution now goes to the full House of Representatives, where it is unclear whether it will pass. In 2007, Ankara recalled its ambassador after the U.S. committee approved a similar bill. Then President George W. Bush warned against passage and the measure never came to a vote on the House floor. The ambassador returned to his post after one week.
Ankara this time, too, has urged the U.S. administration to block the resolution. Armenia wants Turkey to recognize the killings of up to 1.5 million Armenians as an act of genocide and has campaigned for them to be recognized as such internationally. But successive Turkish governments have refused to do so. Turkey accepts that many Armenians were killed in 1915 during the war and the break-up of the Ottoman Empire but argues that many Turks were casualties, too. It also argues that the death toll has been inflated and says there was no systematic attempt to exterminate the empire's largest remaining Christian community.