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Tuesday, 26 September, 2000, 02:34 GMT 03:34 UK
Criticism of Armenia 'genocide' move

The American State Department has criticised a Congressional resolution which would recognise the early 20th century killing of one-and-a-half-million Armenians by Turks as genocide.

A State Department spokesman said historians rather than legislators should deal with the issue - which he said could complicate American efforts to bring peace and stability to the Caucasus.

He aslo said the resolution could harm relations with Turkey, a strategic regional partner.

Armenians say their people were slaughtered as part of an Ottoman Empire campaign to force them out of eastern Turkey; the Turks say people died on both sides during civil unrest from 1915 to 1923.

Correspondents say the measure is expected to be adopted by the House of Representatives International Relations Committee on Thursday.

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