YEREVAN—President Woodrow Wilson’s Arbitral Award, which defined the borders between Armenia and Turkey, has been published in full and will be released on Monday, announced Ara Papian, the director of the Modus Vivendi Center, which has been compiling the more than 240-page document.
“On November 22, 1920, Woodrow Wilson signed the Arbitral Award, which defined the border between Armenia and Turkey. However, that important document was kept secret for a long time,” added Papian during a press conference to announce the unveiling.
Papian has managed to restore the 245-page document and the attached maps, which clearly depict that not only Nagorno Karabakh, but also Lower Karabakh belongs to Armenia as delineated by President Wilson.
The never-before-published compilation will appear in two volumes. An Armenian translation is already in the works and will be available in two years.
Papian said that this comprehensive compilation will allow for the document to be presented to international legal experts and its conclusion be applied the International Court for a ruling on the matter.
On April 23, Papian was the keynote speaker at an Armenian Genocide commemoration vigil at the Montebello Martyrs’ Monument, organized by the San Gabriel Valley Armenian National Committee chapter.
“Armenian territorial rights are based upon several international instruments. The most important of them is the Arbitral Award by the United States President Woodrow Wilson, done on November 22, 1920, which by a binding decision and conclusively defined the boundary between Armenia and Turkey,” Papian said in his presentation.
“The main basis for the lawful solution of long-standing Armenian- Turkish problem are not the infamous Armenian-Turkish protocols, but the Arbitral Award, done over 90 years ago in the capital city of this country by the 28th President of the United States of America Woodrow Thomas Wilson,” added Papian.