Rep. Alcee Hastings, a Miramar Democrat who chairs the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe - better known as the U.S. Helsinki Commission - is urging House leaders to abandon their efforts to bring a controversial resolution to the floor for a vote.
In a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, Hastings argues that the Armenian Genocide Resolution "would have serious consequences for the United States' important relationship with modern-day Turkey, a strong NATO ally; and threaten our operations and our troops serving in Iraq and Afghanistan."
The resolution, which cleared a House committee last week despite intense lobbying from the Bush administration and Turkey, says a 1915 killing of Armenians by Ottoman Turks was genocide.
Turkey objects to the resolution but Pelosi and California lawmakers, who represent a large Armenian-American community, have said they plan to take the resolution to the floor.
The full letter is below in the comments section.
He will be joined by Rep. Robert Wexler, D-Boca Raton, at a press conference Wednesday to ask the House to drop the proposal.