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Statement by AIA President and CEO Marion C. Blakey
March 05, 2010
Critical national security, economic and diplomatic relations with our ally Turkey are threatened by yesterday’s House Foreign Relations Committee vote approving the resolution condemning Turkey for the Armenian genocide that took place 95 years ago.
Turkey and the United States have important and long-standing strategic and economic ties. Turkey is a strong democracy, a fellow member of NATO and a critical partner in the war against terrorists. Turkey plays an important role in America’s recovery as we anticipate more than $11 billion in potential defense and aerospace sales to Turkey this year providing nearly 70,000 American jobs.
While no one supports the events that led to this resolution, we believe it is not the best use of congressional energy when our nation’s economy is suffering, and Turkey is supporting our efforts in Afghanistan. We’re urging President Obama and the Speaker of the House to ensure that the resolution doesn’t go to the House floor for a vote. There is simply too much at stake.