WASHINGTON – A resolution declaring the massacres of Armenians by Ottoman Turks a genocide will not be put to a House vote this year after an international furor forced the bill’s Southern California supporters to seek a delay. In a letter Thursday to House Speaker Nancy Pelsoi, the bill’s lead sponsor, Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Pasadena, asked her to postpone a vote, possibly until 2008. “We want to make sure that when we take up the resolution that we have the votes to succeed,” Schiff said. “I think we will. I think it’s only a question of timing.” Vicken Papazian, spokesman for the Armenian National Committee in Glendale, said he respects the lawmakers’ strategy decisions and remains confident it will come to a vote. “The Armenian community is in no way discouraged,” Papazian said. “Armenians are a resilient people.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.The resolution at one time had a record number of backers. Support eroded rapidly, however, after a key committee approved it last month. With Pelosi supporting the bill, its arrival on the House floor became, for the first time in decades, a likely scenario. Turkey recalled its ambassador in protest, and threatened to block vital supply routes to Iraq if the bill passed. About 70 percent of air cargo headed to Iraq goes through Turkey. Meanwhile, tensions raged between the U.S. and Turkey over northern Iraq, where Kurdish insurgents had staged several attacks on Turkish troops. Turkey had held back from invading in response to appeals from the Bush administration. But last week the Turkish parliament overwhelmingly granted the government permission to invade. “It’s pretty clear that they stumbled into a hornet’s nest greater than Adam Schiff or Nancy Pelosi probably ever anticipated,” said congressional scholar Norman Ornstein. “Clearly, the support was slipping away,” added Bulent Aliriza, director of the Turkey Project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a Washington, D.C., think tank. But, he added, “I don’t think the issue is going to go away.” Schiff said he doesn’t think it will either. He contended the measure is likely to regain support once the immediate crisis in Northern Iraq is under control. Both he and Papazian dismissed the possibility that Congress will grow weary of the issue and the battles it inevitably provokes between lawmakers and the administration. “Genocide never loses its relevancy,” Papazian said. The resolution declares that 1.5 million Armenians were killed, forcefully deported and displaced between 1915 and 1923 in a systematic genocide. Turks acknowledge committing atrocities against Armenians, but object to the word “genocide.” They say Armenians were killed when they joined forces with French and Russians to attack Turks and attempt to take control of Ottoman lands. More than 20 other countries have recognized the massacres of Armenians as genocide. Meanwhile, Republicans who in past years blocked consideration of the resolution, on Thursday ridiculed Pelosi for agreeing to delay it. firstname.lastname@example.org (202) 662-8731160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
KCS-content Thursday 23 September 2010 8:37 pm whatsapp Share WHAT THE OTHER PAPERS SAY THIS MORNING whatsapp Show Comments ▼ FINANCIAL TIMESHARMAN COOL ON PLAN TO HALVE DEFICITHarriet Harman has suggested that Labour should scrap its pre-election plan to halve the deficit by the end of this parliament, becoming the latest senior figure to intervene in the debate over economic direction. Labour’s interim leader said the UK was now in a “new situation” and the plan – set out by Alistair Daling, former chancellor – was a manifesto pledge rather than a template that should be kept in opposition.GOOGLE-STYLE COMPLEX PLANNED AFTER LONDON OLYMPICS International companies are being invited to form a Google-style digital and creative business complex in the Olympic Park after the London 2012 games. Olympic chiefs are seeking expressions of interest for the use of the huge broadcast and press centre being built in the games zone at Stratford, east London.INDUSTRY LOOKS TO INDIA AS FAVOURITE SUPPLIER British manufacturers seeking lower cost suppliers are targeting India over China, according to new research. Despite recent worries about manufacturing capacity going offshore, 55 per cent of British manufacturers have their sourcing relationship with a domestic supplier, says KPMG. However, its global manufacturing outlook warned that 36 per cent of businesses intend to reduce their sourcing from local suppliers in two years primarily on grounds of cost.EUROPEAN NATIONS PRESSED TO SURRENDER IMF BOARD SEATSEuropean countries must give up seats on the board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) if the institution is to remain credible, the Brazilian representative at the IMF has warned.THE TIMESHMRC ON DEFENSIVE OVER £1.5BN WRITE OFFHM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has rushed to quash reports that it is preparing to write off £1.5bn of tax owed by millions of people who received incorrect tax demands. The claim emerged after an unnamed HMRC staff member reportedly told the BBC that the Revenue is likely to write off the tax underpayments dating back to 2005/06. BIG FOUR GRIP COULD PUSH UP AUDIT FEESThe stranglehold of the Big Four accountants over the audit market has led to big companies paying higher fees to have their accounts scrutinised, a leading mid-tier accountant has told a House of Lords inquiry. So entrenched is their dominance it has become almost impossible for smaller firms to challenge them, said BDO.The Daily Telegraph4.4M BARRELS LEAKED INTO GULF OF MEXICO BY BP OIL SPILLThe first independent study of the BP Gulf of Mexico spill has calculated that 4.4m barrels of oil were spilled before the well was capped. Research in US journal Science concluded that the quantity of oil which spilled was enough to fill 700,000 cubic metres. They said that about 58,000 barrels of oil escaped per day until a temporary cap was effectively put in place.LIB DEM DONOR URGES CABLE TO STOP BANK BASHING AND DEFEND CITYPaul Marshall, the hedge fund manager and high profile Liberal Democrat, has urged Vince Cable to stop bank bashing and focus instead on defending the City against onerous and damaging regulations. He said Cable was behaving like a “minister who wants to make his mark” rather than doing what was “important for the country”.WALL STREET JOURNALSTANDARD CHARTERED CEO SEES UNCERTAINTY IN USStandard Chartered’s chief executive said Thursday that global bankers view the US as an arena of “uncertainty”—not knowing what the impact of the November midterm Congressional elections will be, nor “how long the US expansionary fiscal stance is going to be sustainable” amid still-unresolved issues from the US mortgage crisis.‘SECOND LOOK’: FIRST AID FOR BORROWERS Many of the biggest US banks, criticised since the financial crisis erupted for making fewer loans and toughening borrowing standards, have launched what industry officials call “second look” programs to review rejected loan applications. Banks are also reviewing those they rejected for small-business loans. Tags: NULL