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Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan Calls President Bush On Genocide Bill

In a phone call to the U.S. President, PM Erdogan told him that the strategic partnership between the two countries will be harmed if the U.S. Congress passes the bill on Armenian “genocide”. Erdogan said that this bill will not serve the interests of Turkey or the U.S.; and will hurt the chances for developing any relations between Turkey and Armenia . It was reported that President Bush told PM Erdogan that he understood him, that he too was concerned about the resolution and that he and his team would work hard to prevent its passage.

It is unclear how much influence the Bush administration will have in the Congress now dominated by Democrats who are more submissive to the demands of the Armenian Diaspora.

Turkey is a key NATO ally of Washington that supports the U.S. needs in the region, in

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Source: All Turkish dailies and TV channels, October 6, 2007

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Islamist Turkish daily Zaman reported that the Foreign Minister Ali Babacan said, “The passage of a resolution in the US Congress supporting Armenian claims of genocide at the hands of the late Ottoman Empire will irreparably damage the image of the United States and make the Jews too a target of criticism in Turkey”.

Babacan told Zaman “If it is passed, relations with the United States will undoubtedly be affected very negatively. It will further damage the image of U.S. in Turkey. We, as the government, cannot prevent it no matter what we do."

Turkey: If Armenians Win In Congress, the U.S. May Lose; Cards Turkey Can Play

Most Turkish dailies published a CNN-Turk TV report that lists Turkey’s trump cards that it might use to deter the Congress from passing the Armenian Genocide resolution based on historical allegations that Turkey categorically rejects.

According to the report last March Pentagon’s Deputy Under-Secretary Dan Fata had also presented a similar list to the House Committee of Foreign Relations, of what Turkey might do in case the resolution was adopted.

Turkey may cut or restrict the logistical support to U.S. military in Iraq. 60% of all supplies to U.S. units in Iraq go from Incirlik airbase.

25% of the fuel used in Iraq by coalition forces goes through the Habur border gate in Turkey.

U.S. fighter planes that are based in Incirlik airbase also train in Turkish airspace.

16 U.S. fleet ships that participated in the war in Iraq, refueled in Turkish seaports.

American economy may lose billions of dollars in arms sales if Turkey changes its suppliers.

Turkey committed to buy 106 of the new generation F-35s. There are also plans to purchase 30 F-16s for 1.65 billion dollars.

200 F-16s are to be modernized by the U.S. for 1.6 billion dollars.

There is an upcoming tender for the purchase of air defense systems with the U.S. Patriot system being preferred – despite Russia’s eager competition.

U.S. makers are the top players in the tender for the purchase of training helicopters, valued at 50 million dollars.

Turkey plays an important role, at the request of the U.S., among NATO and U.N forces stationed at different places in the world. Turkish military commanded the peace forces in Afghanistan for two terms; and is on duty in Lebanon and Kosovo.

Turkey is being considered by U.S. as a safe route for withdrawal of its troops from Iraq - which may all be jeopardized if Armenian resolution passes.

Turkish parliamentary delegation that will conduct meetings in Washington this week, might bring up all of the above issues.

Source: CNN-Turk TV and all Turkish dailies, October 8, 2007

Posted at: 2007-10-09

Mainstream Turkish daily Sabah reported that Israel was also making diplomatic moves to prevent the adoption by Congress of the Armenian genocide resolution. It is reported that shortly before the arrival of the Turkish FM Ali Babacan in Israel, Defense Minister Ehud Barak called Congressman Tom Lantos who is the Chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee where a vote is expected to take place tomorrow on the resolution (HR106). Babacan was told that many Jewish Congressmen and Senators were also working to convince other members, not to vote for the resolution that would harm not only the relations between the U.S. and Turkey, but those between Israel and Turkey too.

Vatan: “The Game Is Over”

Mainstream Turkish daily Vatan reported on its front page the collapse of the Armenian resolution in the U.S. House of Representatives, as over a dozen U.S. representatives withdrew their support from it preventing the House Speaker Nancy Pelosi from bringing it to a vote in full House. Most Turkish dailies also reported on the change of heart among some Democrats who had supported the controversial bill that seriously damaged the U.S.-Turkey relations.

Source: Vatan, Turkey, October 18, 2007

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