ANC-AU Statement: One Hundred Years Ago, The Treaty of Sevres Was Signed

By ANC-AU | Thursday, 13 August 2020



#SEVRES100


We remember 100 years since, on August 10 1920, world powers signed the Treaty of Sèvres.

The Treaty of Sèvres is the only treaty signed by both Turkey and the Republic of Armenia, with the free will of the Armenian side.

Not only does the Treaty of Sèvres recognise Turkey as responsible for its war crimes, but it also demands that Turkey take steps to facilitate the process of punishing those directly involved in the crime. The Treaty also demands that Turkey repeal the 1915 Abandoned Property laws and the supplementary provisions thereof, compelling it to return all confiscated properties to individual or community owners.

Finally, the Treaty of Sèvres provides a legal basis for the arbitration appeal to US President Woodrow Wilson to determine the Armenia-Turkey border, as see on the map in our graphic.

The Treaty of Sèvres is a valid international treaty. Although it has not been ratified by all signatories, it has not been legally replaced by any other international instrument. At least from the point of view of the Armenian Cause, and the interests of the Republic of Armenia and the Armenian nation, it remains a legal obligation based on international law, compelling it to return all confiscated properties to individual or community owners.

100 years on, we remember, we demand.

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