Graham Blocks Resolution Recognizing Armenian Genocide After Erdoğan Meeting
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) blocked a resolution on Wednesday that would have formally recognized the Ottoman Empire's genocide against the Armenian people, The Hill reports.
Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) asked for consent to pass the resolution that would have provided "official recognition and remembrance" of the Armenian genocide.
"The United States foreign policy must reflect an honest accounting of human rights abuses, crimes against humanity, ethnic cleansing and genocide. We cannot turn our backs on the Armenian victims of genocide," he said.
Menendez noted that he listened to President Trump's press conference Wednesday with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. The Turkish president scolded a House-passed resolution recognizing the genocide and instead promised to "establish a history commission."
Graham objected to passing the resolution in the Senate, saying senators shouldn't "sugarcoat history or try to rewrite it."
Under the Senate's rules, any one senator can ask for consent to pass a bill or resolution, but any one senator can block it.
Graham's objection came hours after he took part in a White House meeting with Trump, Erdoğan and a group of GOP senators.
"I just met with President Erdoğan and President Trump about the problems we face in Syria by the military incursion by Turkey. I do hope that Turkey and Armenia can come together and deal with this problem," he added on the Senate floor.
Graham added that he was objecting "not because of the past but because of the future."
The resolution passed the House in a 405-11 vote. Turkey does not recognize the killing of 1.5 million Armenians as genocide.
The House vote came in the wake of Ankara's military incursion into northern Syria after the Trump administration pulled troops from the area.
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