March 25, 2015 - 17:37 AMT
Turkish authorities attempt to prevent U.S. passage of Genocide resolution

Turkish Parliament Speaker Jemil Cicek arrived Tuesday, March 24 in Washington in a bid to prevent passage by U.S. lawmakers of a resolution condemning Armenian Genocide in the Ottoman Empire, ARKA said citing Hurriyet.

The draft resolution was proposed last week by four Republican and Democrat congressmen, who believe the resolution, if adopted, would improve relations between Armenia and the United States through admission of the fact of the Genocide by Turkey.

The resolution is supported by 46 congressmen. Attempts to pass similar resolutions in the Congress have repeatedly failed before.

Cicek met with Speaker of the United States House of Representatives John Boehner and other congressmen.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavushoglu is expected to travel to the United States in April, RIA Novosti reports.