US Congress to take up Armenia resolution

February 6, 2010 03:26

A US congressional panel will consider a resolution to declare the World War I-era killings of more than a million Armenians by the Ottoman Turks a genocide.

The US House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee on Friday announced it had scheduled a debate on the resolution for March 4. The State Department had no immediate comment.

The issue has the potential to raise US tensions with Turkey, which has lobbied intensively against past attempts to pass the resolution, while the Armenian-American Diaspora groups have pressed for its passage.

Historians estimate that 1.5 million Armenians were killed by Ottoman Turks in 1915. The event is widely viewed by scholars as the first genocide of the 20th century, but Turkey insists the death toll has been inflated and that those killed were victims of civil war and unrest.

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