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.
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.