Turkey welcomes US decision not to take up Armenian genocide resolution

Published 23.12.2010 15:37
Updated 23.12.2010 15:38

Turkey's foreign minister has welcomed a decision by U.S. lawmakers not to take up a resolution declaring last century's mass killings of Armenians a genocide.

Ahmet Davutoglu said Thursday approval of the resolution would have harmed U.S.-Turkish ties and hampered Turkey's efforts to normalize ties with longtime foe Armenia.

Davutoglu said "common sense has prevailed once again."

Supporters of the resolution made a push for approval in the final days of Congress, despite opposition from the Obama administration. Instead, the House of Representatives ended its two-year term Wednesday without taking up the matter.

Historians estimate up to 1.5 million Armenians were killed by Ottoman Turks. Turkey denies the deaths constituted a genocide.

ISTANBUL - The Associated Press

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