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Les pendules à l'heure

Il y a quelque jours, le secrétaire général du Conseil national turc de sécurité, M. Yigit Alpogan, prévenait Washington de ne pas donner suite à la nouvelle intervention parlementaire visant à une nouvelle reconnaissance du génocide des Arméniens par le Congrès américain, faute d' "impacts devastateurs" dans les relations entre la Turquie et les Etats-Unis.

Hors, le Département d'Etat vient de publier des actes qui remettent les pendules à l'heure, en mettant en évidence les dégats, non seulement politiques, auxquels la Turquie devrait faire face si elle se produisait dans l'exercice suicidaire de donner suite à de telles menaces.

Bonne lecture.

Sarkis Shahinian


Le secrétaire général du Conseil national turc de sécurité met en garde les Etats-Unis au sujet du génocide des Arméniens

mercredi 1er février 2006, Stéphane

Alors qu’il se trouve à Washington à l’invitation du conseiller à la Maison Blanche pour la sécurité nationale, Stephen Hadley, le secrétaire général du Conseil national turc de sécurité ( MGK), Yigit Alpogan, a mis en garde son hôte sur les répercussions d’une reconnaissance par les USA du génocide des Arméniens.

S’exprimant devant les journalistes turcs Yigit Alpogan a notamment déclaré « l’adoption d’une quelconque résolution au sujet du prétendu génocide arménien aura un impact dévastateur sur les relations arméricano-turques ».

Le Conseil national de sécurité (NSC), que dirige Stephen Hadley à la Maison Blanche, a été créé en 1947 pour coordonner les relations entre la Maison Blanche, le département d’Etat, celui de la défense et les services de renseignement.

Armenian National Committee of America
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February 1, 2006
Contact: Elizabeth S. Chouldjian
Tel: (202) 775-1918


-- U.S. Officials Knew in October of 2000 about Turkey's
"Overplaying and Spinning" of its Threatened Response

-- Several Hundred Pages Released under Freedom of Information Act

WASHINGTON, DC - State Department diplomatic communications,
obtained by the Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA) under
the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), reveal a pattern by the
Turkish government of dramatically overstating its ability to
retaliate against the United States in the event of the passage of
the Armenian Genocide Resolution.

In response to ANCA's FOIA inquiries, the State Department released
several hundred pages of files, including materials identified as
previously "confidential" and "secret." These documents cover the
State Department's activities in connection with the Armenian
Genocide Resolution in the year 2000. This measure cleared the
committee process and was set for a vote on the floor of the U.S.
House of Representatives. It was withdrawn by Speaker Dennis
Hastert, moments before it was to be considered, at the urging of
President Clinton - who predicted "far-reaching negative
consequences for the United States" should the measure pass.
Additional files cover the State Department connection to the
discredited Turkish Armenian Reconciliation Commission.

"These documents reveal that U.S. State Department officials were
aware, in the fall of 2000, of the hollow nature of Turkey's
threats - yet nonetheless misled Congress and the American public
into believing the fiction that adopting the Armenian Genocide
Resolution would lead to serious harm in U.S.-Turkish relations,"
said Aram Hamparian, Executive Director of the ANCA.

Among the most compelling revelations in these documents include:

* The U.S. Ambassador to Turkey, Robert Pearson, in an October 16,
2000 diplomatic communication with the State Department, noted the
self-destructive nature of Turkey's overstated threats regarding
the Armenian Genocide Resolution:

"Overplaying and spinning the potential Turkish retaliation
for the House Resolution for domestic audiences could well
have the unintended effect of scaring away the U.S. companies
which are poised to complete the only projects which offer
Turkey any hope of meeting its energy demand in the short

* In sharp contrast to the Turkish government threats that the
passage of the Armenian Genocide Resolution would lead to a major
dislocation of U.S.-Turkish ties, an October 19, 2000 diplomatic
cable from the U.S. Embassy in Ankara to the State Department noted

"[U.S.] Ambassador [to Turkey Robert] Pearson responded [to
Turkish criticism of the Armenian Genocide Resolution by
saying that] that the United States is committed to
maintaining its current excellent relationship with Turkey and
that the Administration's attitude towards Turkey would not be
affected by the outcome of the Congressional vote."

* Analyzing a leaked Turkish Government document listing potential
Turkish retaliation to the passage of the Armenian Genocide
Resolution, the U.S. Embassy in Ankara noted in an October 19, 2000
diplomatic cable to the State Department that the:

"Government coalition and non-affiliated columnists have both
cautioned against using energy projects as retaliation. We
also doubt that the Turks will cancel any projects underway if
the Armenian Resolution is passed."

Later in this same report, the U.S. Embassy in Ankara noted that:

"Senior Motherland Party officials, led by Deputy Prime
Minister Mesut Yilmaz, have stated publicly that the Turkish
Government must be careful to moderate any response to the
Resolution. Several editorials have also noted that acting
against U.S. energy companies would hurt Turkey more than the
U.S., given Turkey's urgent need for energy."

The Freedom of Information Act protects the rights of the public to
information and makes provisions for individuals to obtain
information on the operation of federal agencies.
Sarkis Shahinian
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