Report: Turkish general warns US in genocide row

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October 14, 2007 14:23

 
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Turkey's top general has warned that military ties with the US will be irreversibly damaged if Congress passes a resolution that labels the World War I-era killings of Armenians a genocide, a report said Sunday. Gen. Yasar Buyukanit told daily Milliyet newspaper that a congressional committee's approval of the measure had already strained ties between the two countries. "If this resolution passed in the committee passes the House as well, our military ties with the US will never be the same again," Buyukanit was quoted as saying by Milliyet. Turkey, which is a major cargo hub for US and allied military forces in Iraq and Afghanistan, has recalled its ambassador to Washington for consultations and warned that there might be a cut in the logistical support to the US over the issue. About 70 percent of US air cargo headed for Iraq goes through Turkey as does about one-third of the fuel used by the US military there. US bases also get water and other supplies carried in overland by Turkish truckers who cross into Iraq's northern Kurdish region.

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