European Politicians Call for Reinstatement of Sevres Principles

Organized by Sweden-based Kurdish writer Kurdo Baski–an event marking the 83rd anniversary of the Treaty of Sevres was held in Stockholm–Sweden. Prominent European politicians–including the leader of the Swedish Leftist Party Ulla Hoffman and European Parliament member from Sweden Per Gahrton (Green Party)–along with representatives of the Olaf Palme Peace Foundation–intellectuals and several other members of the Swedish Leftist Party attended the event and called on the European Union and the United nations to reinstate the principals of the Treaty to create a Kurdish state–reported Marmara–the Armenian language newspaper in Istanbul.

Hoffman explained that in order for Turkey to attain accession into the European Union–it must first implement the Copenhagen Criteria**. The EU must also correct–he stressed–the wrongs of the 1923 Treaty of Lausanne that erased–with simply one line–the Kurdish people’s hopes of attaining an independent state. Hoffman encouraged Kurds and Armenia’s to unite to push for the restoration of the principles of the Treaty of Sevres.

A memorandum calling for the reinstatement of the principles of the Treaty of Sevres was adopted and signed; it will be forwarded to Swedish Foreign Minister Anna Lindh.

** In June 1993–the European Council in Copenhagen laid down the foundations of the current EU enlargement process–defining the membership conditions as the Copenhagen Criteria. Under the Copenhagen Criteria–membership requires that the candidate country fulfill the Copenhagen Criteria. The political criteria–for example–states:

"Countries wishing to become members of the EU are expected not just to subscribe to the principles of democracy and the rule of law–but actually to put them into practice in daily life. They also need to ensure the stability of the various institutions that enable public authorities–such as the judiciary–the police–and local government–to function effectively and democracy to be consolidated. . . Respect for fundamental rights is a prerequisite of membership–and is enshrined in the Council of Europe’s Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms–and the Protocol allowing citizens to take cases to the European Court of Human Rights. Freedom of expression and association and the independence of the media must also be ensured."

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