Ankara may make concessions if U.S. doesn’t recognize Genocide

Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who is reported to pay a visit to the U.S. on April 14, will meet with representatives of the Jewish lobby.

The parties scheduled meeting when Turkey’s Ambassador Namik Tan and representatives of the U.S.-located Jewish organisations ADL, AJC, and AIPAC gathered together, 1NewsAgency reports citing Sabah paper.

The announced meeting is especially important as it comes to be held before April 24, the mourning day for the Victims of the 1915 Genocide of Armenian population of Turkey. Erdogan appears to have hoped to receive support by the Jewish lobby.

In exchange for non-recognition of the 1915 Genocide, Turkey may make concessions to the White House and provide the U.S. with an access to the Turkish air bases, which are used to get supplies to U.S. troops in Iraq.

In addition, Turkey is the U.S. ally in issues of stabilization of situation in Afghanistan, Iran with its nuclear weapons work, and establishment of relations with the Islamic world.

All these issues may fall short if the U.S. recognizes the Genocide of Armenians.

02.03.2010, 11:36

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