09/07 New Anatolian: Sensoy: We expect Jewish institutions in US to help Turkey in the Congress

Sensoy: We expect Jewish institutions in US to help Turkey in the Congress

The New Anatolian / Ankara
07 September 2007

Turkey's Ambassador to Washington Nabi Sensoy has made a call to all Jewish institutions to stand against injustice targetting a friendly country, namely Turkey, in the U.S. Congress.

Sensoy's call to Jewish institutions in the U.S. was aimed at defeating a resolution in the U.S. Congress, on the incidents of 1915.

In a statement to the Jewish Advocate newspaper, Sensoy indicated that Jewish institutions should stand at an equal distance to all sides and oppose a resolution in the U.S. Congress that would place a friendly country, Turkey, in a difficult position.

Sensoy sent a written statement to the Jewish Advocate and stressed that the declarations made by the Anti-Defamation League executives on Aug. 21 have shocked Turks and has caused disappointment.

Abraham Foxman, the National Director of ADL, said earlier in a statement that his organization had come to share the view that the incidents of 1915 "were indeed tantamount to genocide," but added that the organization maintained its opposition against bringing the issue to U.S. Congressional floor for a resolution.

Sensoy, in his letter, mentioned that Armenia refused a proposal by Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan to collaborate within a joint committee to study the incidents of 1915 under the light of historical archives.

"Despite being shocked and disappointed, we maintain our desire to keep and deepen our ties and relations with the Jewish community in the U.S., Israel and elsewhere. The Turkish Jews are Turkey's cultural richness that can not be taken away. The 500 years of friendship between Turks and Jews are strong enough to leave behind this issue", added Sensoy.

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