Bush administration regrets vote on Armenian 'genocide' bill

WASHINGTON - The US State Department on Wednesday expressed "regret" that American lawmakers voted to label the Ottoman Empire's World War I massacre of Armenians as "genocide."

"We regret that the House Foreign Affairs Committee has approved House Resolution 106," State Department spokesman Sean McCormack said in a statement after House panel backed the non-binding measure that calls the killings of up to 1.5 million Armenians a "genocide."

"The Administration continues strongly to oppose this resolution, passage of which may do grave harm to US-Turkish relations and to US interests in Europe and the Middle East," McCormack said.

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10/10/2007 22:48 GMT

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