Obama Statement On Armenia Is Disapointing, But At Least No Mention Of “Genocide” PDF Print E-mail

President Obama’s statement on April 24, 2010 on Armenia was very disappointing but at least he did not mention the word “genocide”.

Why his statement is very disappointing:

Inexplicably, the President makes no reference to the Turkey-Armenia protocols, or to the provision in the Protocols which call for the establishment of a historical sub-commission to look into the historical events in Armenia.

Turkey Is Taking The Right Approach In Forcefully Opposing The “Genocide” Label PDF Print E-mail

I believe that Turkey is taking the right approach is opposing Genocide resolutions wherever and whenever they appear, whether in the US or elsewhere. The April 24, 2010 Obama statement was disappointing but at least the President did not use the word “Genocide”. This is certainly a victory of sorts.

U.S.-Turkey relations are on the line PDF Print E-mail

On April 24, 2010, Armenian Remembrance Day, President Obama will issue a statement on the events in 1915 concerning Armenians in the Ottoman Empire. This statement is being awaited with great interest because the presidential statement on Armenia is seen as a crucial litmus test to determine where the United States government stands on this issue, and on America’s relations with Turkey.

If Obama on April 24, 2010, uses the term “Genocide”, this could shut down Turkey-US relations for an indefinite period PDF Print E-mail

Washington. Isabel Levine – APA. APA’s Washington correspondent’s interview with American analyst on the Turkey issues Mark Meirowitz, who holds a doctorate in Politics and teaches undergraduate courses in Politics, History and Law at various colleges in New York

- After Turkish Prime minister’s visit to the Washington DC, how do you think, can US President Obama recognize “Armenian genocide” thus spoiling strategic relations with Turkey?


President Obama’s policies of engagement with other countries and Turkey’s Foreign Minister Davutoğlu’s approach to solving Turkey’s regional issues are both examples of the use of “soft power” to resolve disputes. At first blush, Turkey’s policy goals would appear to be compatible with those of the United States. However, recent developments appear to demonstrate that Turkey is turning away from America and the West. Moreover, while Turkey has made some inroads with respect to a number of regional disputes, it is hard to imagine that soft power alone will achieve “zero problems” with Turkey’s neighbors.

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