Turkse ambassadeur keert terug naar Verenigde Staten

AFP berichtte gisteren dat de Turkse ambassadeur, Namik Tan die ook de genocide ontkent, reeds naar de VS terugkeert. Het terugroepen van de ambassadeur uit de VS en zijn snelle terugkeer wordt haast een ritueel...

WASHINGTON — The United States on Friday welcomed Turkey's decision to return its ambassador after a row over moves in Congress to brand the World War I massacres of Armenians as genocide.

"We welcome that decision," State Department spokesman Philip Crowley told reporters.

"Turkey and the United States have a significant strategic relationship. There's lots of work that we can jointly accomplish, and that work becomes more effective when we have an able interlocutor here in Washington," he said.

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan earlier said "positive developments" in the month-old spat had permitted the return of the ambassador, adding he would go to Washington to attend a nuclear security summit on April 12-13.

Ankara recalled Ambassador Namik Tan on March 4 immediately after the House of Representatives' Foreign Affairs Committee adopted a resolution branding the 1915-17 massacres of Armenians under the Ottoman Empire as genocide.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said she opposed the move and had urged the congressional leadership not to bring the resolution before the full House, warning it would set back diplomacy between Turkey and Armenia.

Armenians say up to 1.5 million of their kin perished in deportations and orchestrated killings under the Ottoman Empire during World War I.

Turkey counters that 300,000 to 500,000 Armenians and at least as many Turks perished in civil strife when Armenians rose up against their Ottoman rulers and sided with Russian forces invading the crumbling empire.

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