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Turkey Warns U.S. Armenia Genocide Bill Will Harm Ties

October 7, 2007 -- The head of Turkey's Parliament has warned the United States against passing an Armenian genocide bill, saying that the move would harm bilateral ties.

Parliament speaker Koksal Toptan said in a letter to House of Representative's Speaker Nancy Pelosi that it might take decades to heal the negative effects of the bill.

The genocide bill declares the killings of more than 1.5 million Armenians between 1915 and 1917 a systematic genocide by the Ottoman Turks -- something which Ankara denies.