Sevres Treaty the Only Legal Document Defining Armenian Territorial Deman’s

YEREVAN (Yerkir)–The 1920 Treaty of Sevres is the only legal document that defines Armenian territorial deman’s within international structures, Armenian Revolutionary Federation Political Affairs Director Giro Manoyan announced Thursday during a press conference. Manoyan was echoing commen’s made by former Armenian Ambassador to Canada, Ara Papayan, who cited the Sevres Treaty as a legal means for return of territories of Western Armenia. "Ara Papyan’s approach is quite realistic, since according to Article 89 of the Sevres Agreement, US President Woodrow Wilson was entrusted to clarify the border between Armenia and Turkey and he allocated more than 160 thousand sq. km to Armenia," Manoyan noted, adding that the treaty was a legal document. Turning to the issue of Turkey’s membership in the European Union, Manoyan noted that while US political interests were at the forefront of such a membership, the US did not have the authority to dictate the terms and requiremen’s for the membership process. "As long as the membership process is underway, and the EU has sets its requiremen’s, the Armenian lobby has the right to demand recognition of the Armenian Genocide and exert pressure on Turkey," added Manoyan. In his remarks, Manoyan also said that the Armenian-American community should continue its efforts to pursue the adoption of a Congressional resolution recognizing the Armenian Genocide. While discussing the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, Manoyan noted that the US position on independence referendums emanating from post-Soviet conflicts varied from case-to-case. "It does not mean that the White House cannot have a denialist position, but the fact is that Nagorno Karabakh is the only conflict zone, the only unrecognized republic, which annually receives $5 million from the United States," he added.

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