treaty of sevres

Today is Armenian Genocide Remembrance day, so today should be focused on Armenian Genocide. 

But of course, the simultaneous and equally horrible genocides of the Anatolian Greek and Assyrian populations by the Ottoman Empire should not be forgotten today, nor any day, nor should they be completely removed from the context of Armenian Genocide. These genocides happened simultaneously to the Armenian Genocide, and were instituted under the same Young Turk agenda of ethnic cleansing of minorities to achieve a Pan Turanist racially pure nation. 

Greeks both in Anatolia and in independent Greece were friends and champions of their Armenian neighbors, far and distant, both during the war and after

Do not forget that it was the Greeks who fought for an Armenian Mandate to be kept in the Treaty of Sevres when the US government became cold from the idea of “interference in the Middle East” following the war. 

Do not forget that both Greece and Cyprus are two of the very few countries today that officially recognize the Armenian Genocide. 

Pontic Greek Genocide Remembrance day is May 19, and on that day I know Armenians will commemorate the loss of 1 million Greeks to genocide just as today Greeks around the world commemorate the loss of >1.5 million Armenians. 

A map of Greater Greece after the Treaty of Sèvres, when the Megali Idea seemed close to fulfillment, featuring Eleftherios Venizelos
The Treaty of Sèvres (10 August 1920) was the peace treaty between the Ottoman Empire and Allies at the end of World War I. The Treaty of Versailles was signed with the German Empire before this treaty to annul the German concessions including the economic rights and enterprises. Also, France, Great Britain and Italy signed a secret “Tripartite Agreement” at the same date. The Tripartite Agreement confirmed Britain’s oil and commercial concessions and turned the former German enterprises in the Ottoman Empire over to a Tripartite corporation. The terms of the ‘Treaty of Sèvres’ were far more severe than those imposed on the German Empire in the Treaty of Versailles. The open negotiations covered a period of more than fifteen months, beginning at the Paris Peace Conference. The negotiations continued at the Conference of London, and took definite shape only after the premiers′ meeting at the San Remo conference in April 1920. France, Italy, and Great Britain, however, had secretly begun the partitioning of the Ottoman Empire as early as 1915. The delay occurred because the powers could not come to an agreement which, in turn, hinged on the outcome of the Turkish national movement. The Treaty of Sèvres was annulled in the course of the Turkish War of Independence and the parties signed and ratified the superseding Treaty of Lausanne in 1923.