1921 In connection with the March 16 agreement

1921 The alliance, signed on March 16 but not internationally recognized, between the Soviet Socialist Republic of Russia and the National Assembly of Kemalist Turkey, is now in its 100th year.

This criminal agreement between the Russian and Turkish sides substantiated the losses of Armenia. At the same time, they violated international standards and principles.

Without the participation and consent of the Armenian side (Western Armenia), by the decision of the parties, the province of Kars and the province of Surmalu will be ceded to Turkey, and Nakhichevan will be ceded to Azerbaijan.

1921 The March 16 section of the Moscow treaty on Armenia is a gross violation of international law, because the signed parties of the treaty violate all the internationally recognized rights of the Armenian side and sign this treaty redistributing the territories of Armenia without the latter’s consent.

The Soviet Socialist Republic of Russia and the National Assembly of Kemalist Turkey were not subject to international law at the time of the treaty. For this reason, the treaty did not have legal force even in accordance with international law.

The Grand National Assembly of Kemalist Turkey, at the time of the signing of the treaty, was named after Mustafa Kemal, who had already been sentenced to death (the military court of the monarchy sentenced Mustafa Kemal and his companions to death on May 11, 1920). Before that date (March 16, 1921)  he was on the run as a criminal by a Turkish military court.

The agreement signed in Moscow on March 16, 1921 is illegal and has no force under international law.

Therefore, the National Council of Western Armenia declares that it does not recognize the treaty signed in Moscow on March 16, 1921.  and the Treaty of Kars of October 13, 1921, that was signed between the Bolshevik government of Soviet Armenia and Kemalist Turkey.

Armenak Abrahamyan

The President of the National Council of Western Armenia

2021 March 16