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Turkey Pulls Ambassador From United States

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Posted on March 5 2010 9:38 am
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by Marin Cogan

Turkey pulled its ambassador from the United States Thursday after the House Foreign Affairs Committee approved a resolution that labels as genocide the killings of ethnic Armenians by Ottomon Turks following World War I.

The resolution, approved narrowly by the House Foreign Affairs Committee 23-22, calls the killing of up to 1.5 million Armenians genocide.

The decision to recognize the historical event as genocide may seem like a minor event, but the issue is one of the most explosive in Washington. Turkey has a strong lobbying presence in Washington to defend them against the accusation of genocide, but the Armenian-American community has been passionate—and persistent—about getting official recognition from the United States government.

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