Turkish president protests US approval of genocide bill

October 11, 2007 02:20

Turkey's head of state protested a US congressional panel decision to approve a bill calling the World War I-era killings of Armenians a genocide, saying the decision came as a result of "petty domestic politics." Despite earlier protests Wednesday in Turkey and opposition by US President George W. Bush, the House Foreign Affairs Committee passed the bill by a 27-21 vote - a move likely to be considered an insult by most Turks. Bush had warned that the bill could harm US-Turkish relations. "Unfortunately, some politicians in the United States have once again sacrificed important matters to petty domestic politics despite all calls to common sense," President Abdullah Gul was quoted as saying by the state-run news agency Anatolia.

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