80th Anniversary of Sevres Treaty to be Marked

YEREVAN (Armenpress)–As reported earlier–a group of influential Armenian academicians issued a letter to prime minister Andranik Markarian urging him to mark the 80th anniversary of the Treaty of Sevres.

The government information and public relations department told Armenpress that taking into account the above-mentioned letter–the prime minister Andranik Markarian gave instructions to the Yerevan City Hall to rename a street in the capital after the best friend of Armenian people–former US president Woodrow Wilson–who was one of the initiators of the Treaty of Sevres.

The prime minister also ordered the Armenian National Academy of Science to hold a scientific conference and clarify the whole process of this event–in addition to marking the anniversary of this diplomatic and political milestone.

The Treaty of Sevres 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 within a political context for Armenia.

"We believe that the government of Armenia must–both 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 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.

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