[ti:Turkey Condemns US House Bills on Sanctions, Armenians]
[00:00.04]Turkey has objected to legislation passed by the United States House of Representatives.
[00:09.56]The Turkish foreign ministry said it called a meeting with the U.S. ambassador in Ankara
[00:18.07]after the House approved the legislation on Tuesday.
[00:24.56]Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that his country's parliament
[00:31.49]will answer the action, but gave no other details.
[00:38.04]One bill is aimed at punishing Turkish officials
[00:43.01]involved in the decision to send Turkish troops into northern Syria.
[00:50.76]Supporters of the bill say the Turkish offensive
[00:55.38]resulted in human rights abuses against ethnic Kurds in the area.
[01:03.96]The U.S. House of Representatives passed the bill by a vote of 403 to 16.
[01:14.56]Erdogan said on Wednesday that Turkey "strongly condemns" the sanctions
[01:21.49]against Turkish officials and its army.
[01:27.12]The other piece of legislation confirms U.S. recognition
[01:32.72]of the century-old mass killings of Armenians by Ottoman Turks as genocide.
[01:42.76]That resolution passed by a vote of 405 to 11.
[01:51.20]Historians estimate that 1.5 million Armenians were killed between 1915 and 1923.
[02:04.12]At the time, Armenians were a Christian minority in the Ottoman Empire.
[02:13.52]House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer told reporters after the bills passed
[02:20.55]that "Turkey has not come to grips that this was a genocide."
[02:28.56]Turkey has long objected to the use of the word genocide
[02:33.79]to describe what took place to Armenians after World War I.
[02:41.76]Erdogan said that Turkey does not recognize the non-binding resolution
[02:49.01]and added that it has no value to the country.
[02:54.76]He described the measure as "slander."
[02:59.80]Turkey is one of the 29 members of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).
[03:07.76]The Turkish foreign ministry said that the U.S. measures
[03:12.72]did not agree "with the spirit of our NATO alliance."
[03:20.44]U.S. President Donald Trump ordered U.S. troops to withdraw from northern Syria earlier this month.
[03:31.48]That move cleared the way for Turkey to send troops into the area
[03:37.32]with the aim of driving out Syrian Kurdish fighters.
[03:43.32]The Kurds have been allies of the U.S. military in efforts to fight Islamic State militants.
[03:53.52]However, Turkey accuses them of being allied
[03:58.13]with Kurdish separatists, who Turkey considers terrorists.
[04:06.16]The U.S. Protect Against Conflict by Turkey Act
[04:11.36]would prevent sales of arms to Turkey for use in Syria.
[04:18.40]It would punish Turkish financial organizations involved in the military.
[04:26.12]It also would require the U.S. government to report on Erdogan's finances.
[04:35.56]House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Eliot Engel is a Democrat from New York State.
[04:44.44]He says the bill is a way to ensure that Erdogan faces consequences for Turkish actions in Syria.
[04:57.48]Earlier this month, the House passed a resolution
[05:01.84]condemning the Trump administration's decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria.
[05:11.24]Trump announced that the U.S government had negotiated a permanent cease-fire in Syria last week.
[05:22.16]He also lifted sanctions on Turkey that were put in place after its troops entered northern Syria.
[05:33.72]The Protect Against Conflict by Turkey Act now moves to the U.S. Senate, where it will face a vote.
[05:44.16]It must be signed by the president before becoming law.
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