ANKARA, April 11 (Xinhua) -- Turkey on Friday denounced an " Armenian genocide" resolution which has been passed at U.S. Senate 's Foreign Relations Committee on Thursday.
In a statement on Friday, the Turkish Foreign Ministry urged the U.S. Congress not to carry the resolution further at the legislative agenda, warning that such a move could "harm bilateral relations" between two countries.
The ministry called on the U.S. Congress to make efforts to reinforce historical alliance and partnership between the United States and Turkey which "has importance more than ever in current conjuncture."
The U.S. Senate's Foreign Relations Committee "exceeded its authority and responsibility passing an unserious resolution that was prepared hastily and verdantly," said the Turkish foreign ministry.
An "Armenian genocide" resolution about incidents of 1915 has been passed at the U.S. Senate's Foreign Relations Committee on Thursday.
Armenians claimed that over 1.5 million of their forebears were killed in 1915 and 1916 by the army of Ottoman Empire in a bid of "genocide."
Turkey argues that only 500,000 Armenians died in fighting and starvation during World War I, and denies that was genocide.