Speaker Şentop’s message is as follows:
“Today marks the 96th anniversary of the signing of Lausanne Peace Treaty, which is one of the fundamental founding documents of the Turkish Republic.
Victory won as a result of the War of Independence, which is a great resistence epic, was transfered to the international law and diplomacy arena and registered. In this respect, Lausanne Peace Treaty is the milestone and deed of our newly founded state.
Lausanne Peace Treaty, one of the rare documents which has been valid to date alongside similar agreements signed after the First World War is a milestone, not just for our country but also for the world history. Our nation put its full will forth for freedom with great heroism and bravery in the military field and never left its national struggle spirit both in law and in the diplomatic field; hence it showed the world civilization how a country is built with honor, dignity and national character.
Turkey is a strong country who is firmly attached to international law and its historical heritage; takes into consideration common interests of mankind in justice axis of the world and has the will to speak up. No one should doubt our power, determination and our aim of effectuating our claims.
Bearing these in our minds, on the 96th anniversary of the Treaty of Lausanne, I commemorate firstly the founding father of our Republic Ghazi Mustafa Kemal, İsmet İnönü, our Second President who was in charge of negotiations, all members of the state delegation who are architects of this treaty and members of the GNAT with respect and mercy.”