Sen. Reid pushes Clinton on Armenia-Turkey accords

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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nevada), in a recent letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, urged her to meet with concerned groups about U.S.-backed Armenian-Turkey protocols that could call into question the validity of the Armenian Genocide.

The accords, signed Oct. 10, were facilitated with the help of multiple third parties, including Clinton.

The protocols, which were meant to establish active bilateral relations between the countries, have drawn criticism from activists and politicians opposed to a provision that would establish a commission to examine historical records related to the Armenian Genocide.

But Reid raised questions about the accords in his letter, dated Oct. 20:

I am sure you are aware that this agreement has raised concerns in the Armenian community inside the United States. I have received many letters from Nevadans who do not support the creation of an international commission to examine the historical record on the genocide and who believe that the agreements are unfair to Armenia.

Given the serious nature of the community’s concerns, I felt it was important to raise them directly with you. The commission is particularly sensitive to the Armenian-American community since the Armenian genocide has never been recognized by Turkey.

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Written by Zain Shauk

November 13, 2009 at 11:36 am

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