No Turkish institution in US works against Turkey

ISTANBUL (CIHAN)- The main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) deputy chairman, Faruk LoIoIlu, has reacted to reports published in pro-government newspapers about the Turkic American Alliance (TAA), saying Turkish institutions in the US work towards lobbying for Turkey’s interests rather than against them.

Pro-government dailies linked the Hizmet movement, a faith-based group inspired by Turkish Islamic scholar Fethullah Gulen, with the passage of an “Armenian genocide” resolution at the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

The US Senate Foreign Relations Committee passed a resolution on Thursday commemorating the “Armenian genocide” and clearing the way for the resolution to get a vote on the Senate floor. US Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Sen. Mark Kirk introduced the resolution on April 3.

The pro-government Sabah daily claimed on Sunday that the “parallel structure” (in reference to the Hizmet movement) funded Menendez’s election campaign. The Yeni Iafak daily wrote on Saturday that Menendez attended a TAA gala meeting, which has ties with Hizmet, one day before the resolution was adopted at the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on April 10, suggesting that the Hizmet movement was behind the preparation of this resolution against Turkey’s interests and using an American senator to that end.

Sabah claims that Menendez has received $9,500 in total from two schools, one law firm and one computer company that the daily claims have close ties to Gulen.

“It is impossible for me to accept that any Turkish institution or civil society organization would support the Armenian arguments. All the institutions play their part,” said LoIoIlu, adding that the allegations against the TAA do not reflect reality.

LoIoIlu, referring to the TAA, noted there should be cooperation between the government and Turkish institutions to work for Turkey’s cause.

“I am concerned that Turkey’s interests will be harmed due to the rift between the Cemaat [the Hizmet movement] and the government,” said LoIoIlu.

Saying that every April the Armenian claims come onto the agenda in the US, LoIoIlu noted that difficult days are awaiting Turkey regarding the Armenian issue.

“Currently, the Armenian issue is a political one for Armenians however, if they are successful in getting the US Congress to make a decision in favor of their cause, they will take the political issue to a legal level, such as by demanding land and compensation,” said LoIoIlu.

(CihanToday’s Zaman) C