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New York Times Publishes AHI Letter "Yielding To Turkey" On Armenian Genocide
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: JONATHAN CLARKE
October 23, 2000 No. 54/00 (202) 785-8430

New York Times Publishes AHI Letter "Yielding To Turkey" On Armenian Genocide

On October 23, 2000 the New York Times published the following letter "Yielding to Turkey" from Eugene T. Rossides in commentary on the Administration's capitulation to Turkish threats and then pressuring the House of Representatives to withdraw the Armenian Genocide Resolution.

Yielding to Turkey

To the Editor:

"House Backs Off on Condemning Turks' Killing of Armenians" (news article, Oct. 20) revealed an extraordinary setback for American diplomatic credibility. Whatever one's individual views about the Armenian genocide issue, all Americans should be disturbed that the Clinton administration has capitulated to pressure by a foreign state and then prevailed upon Congress to do the same.

The administration's surrender to Turkey's belligerence has sent a clear message to the world: duress, threats and bluster work. All those who wish this country ill will duly take note.

Eugene T. Rossides
Washington, Oct. 20, 2000
The writer is general counsel, American Hellenic Institute.