Erdogan Fears ‘Treaty of Sevres Conditions’

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan

ANKARA—Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan sounded his nationalist alarm on Thursday by claiming that current world order might force Turkey to face “Treaty of Sevres  conditions,” referring to the 1920 document, which, after World War I, partitioned the Ottoman Empire granting Armenians their historical territories seized by the Ottoman Empire.

“At this critical time when there are attempts to restructure the world and our region, if we stop, we will find ourselves facing Sevres conditions,” said Erdogan, whose Thursday speech was aimed at appealing to his nationalist base.

He also used the opportunity to invoke so-called losses suffered by Turkey after the Treaty of Lausanne, which recognized the Republic of Turkey as the successor of the Ottoman Empire, and set the modern-day regional borders for most of Turkey, Greece and the Middle East, including Syria and Iraq.

“We are a nation that still lives with the sorrows of what we lost at Lausanne. To speak frankly, Turkey is going through its greatest struggle since the War of Independence. This is a struggle [to preserve] a single nation, a single homeland, a single state,” said Erdogan, who repeated calls for extending Turkey’s current borders, a move that will impact Syrian, Iraqi and Greek interests in the region.


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  1. Alin said:

    As long as Turkey is mentioning Sevres, so should Armenians and Armenia.
    When Turkey falls apart, we must be ready to take action.

  2. Hrair Yousefian said:

    Treaty of Sevre is a historic, Legal, Officially Approved, Signed & Stamped, and finally a Permanent document that is undeniable, unerasable and Strong slam on face of present Turkish government who after hundred years of unsuccessful attempt to deny the presence of Armenian Nation on the earth today stands face to face with REALITY.

  3. Ari said:

    The Turkish Islamist thief and criminal (R.T. Erdogan)is starting to realize that his so called Republic can not hold on to stolen lands from the Armenians, Greeks, Kurds and alike.

    The long overdue justice is awaiting the Islamist Nationalist Turks. If peace is to come to the region, then the Turkish cancer has to be eliminated.

  4. bedros said:

    in the old country our turkophone kinsfolk would have said “gün doğmadan neler doğar” (before day break many things could change course). I believe his mind is troubled by this saying.