August 10, 2020, 10:00 am (Sevres Ceramic Museum)
On August 10, 2020, the governmental delegation of Western Armenia headed by President Armenak Abrahamyan visited the city of Sevres in the suburbs of Paris and took part in the events dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the Treaty of Sevres.
The event started in the yard of the Porcelain Factory Museum of Sevres, where the Speaker of the National Assembly of the Republic of Western Armenia Mr. Leonardo Basmajyan made a speech, then the attendees moved to the Great Hall, where the Treaty was signed on this very day in 1920.
Those present observed a minute of silence in memory of the innocent victims of the Genocide against Armenians.
The President of Western Armenia Armenak Abrahamyan delivered a speech in the Great Hall, the message of which is presented below.
Mr. the Presidents,
On behalf of the Armenian people of Western Armenia and genocide survivors, we greet you and express our deep gratitude on the occasion of the Centenary of the Treaty of Sèvres signed on August 10, 1920.
After the end of World War I in 1920, the victorious allies signed an international peace treaty in Sèvres, of which Articles 88-93 among others, which apply to Armenia, are legally binding on Turkey, part to the treaty, renewing its recognition of the independence of Armenia, and later allowing US President Woodrow Wilson to sign “an arbitral award, November 22, 1920” officially delimiting the border between Turkey and Western Armenia.
Today marks the 100th anniversary of the multilateral treaty signed by more than 21 states and the ratification of which is not limited by any fixed deadline.
Consequently, Turkey, which after the entry into force of the Treaty of Lausanne in 1923, on August 6, 1924, according to Articles 16 and 25 of this Treaty, renounced all the territories which were not recognized as sovereignty of Turkey, namely and including Western Armenia (known as Wilsonian).
Today, Turkey occupies the territories belonging to Western Armenia, the Armenia which ratified the Treaty of Sèvres on June 24, 2016. We await your active mediation on this issue and we hope that your country will do everything possible to allow Turkey to end the occupation of Armenian territories.
On behalf of the Armenian people of Western Armenia, and our authorities, we once again express our deep gratitude to the signatory states of the Treaty of Sèvres.
President of the Republic of Western Armenia
Bassam Tahan, a deputy of the National Assembly, also delivered a speech in the hall. After the technical break, the participants of the event continued the ceremony that started in the yard, near the khachkar commemorating the Genocide against Armenians.
Mrs. Lidia Markosyan, Member of the National Council of Western Armenia, Mr. Leonardo Basmajyan, President of the National Assembly made speeches.
The participants summed up the event by performing the anthem of Western Armenia.
The full version of the event will be available soon on our Website and YouTube channel.