Academicians Call for Recognition of Sevres Treaty

YEREVAN–A group of influential academicians in Armenia issued a letter to prime minister Andranik Markarian urging him to mark the 80th anniversary of the Treat of Sevres–which became the most important diplomatic victory for Armenia’s.

The treaty–drawn up by US president Woodrow Wilson and signed by the superpowers at the time–envisioned a 162,000 square kilometer area as Armenia–and included almost all of historic Armenia–Karabakh–Akhalkalak and Nakhichevan.

The treaty was signed by France–Italy–Japan–Greece–Belgium–Poland–Portugal–Romania–Czechoslovakia and Turkey. The document also recognized Armenia’s independence.

The academicians argued that the Sevres Treaty was not properly recognized under Soviet rule–but now–with an independent Armenia–the political and strategic importance of the treaty can be utilized in a political context for Armenia.

"We believe that the government of Armenia must–on a state-sponsored and national level–mark the 80th anniversary of the signing of the Sevres treaty–which aside from its historic significance–has political importance and can benefit our country in strengthening its position internationally," the academicians noted.

The group also called for renaming a street in Yerevan after Woodrow Wilson–in addition to marking the anniversary of this diplomatic and political milestone.

Lending their signatures to this petition are–among others–Berdj Zeitountsian–Silva Kapoutikian–Sos Sargsyan–Raphael Ghazarian–Hratchia Simonian–Lenser Aghalovian and Edward Mirzoyan.

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