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Armenia’s Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan sent a message to the participants of the conference dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Sevres. The message reads as follows, in particular:

"The reconciliation Treaty of Sevres has a significant place in the modern history of the Armenian people.

The Treaty of Sevres is a historical fact. It remains so to this day. Why is this document important for the Armenian people? Why is it in the center of our attention today?

First, the Treaty of Sevres was signed based on the results of World War I, one of the most dramatic pages in human history, almost two years after its end.

The Treaty of Sevres was creating a new system of interstate relations in the region.

The treaty was prepared based on the most advanced ideas of the time.

Second, the Treaty of Sevres is the international document that recognized and enshrined Armenia's independence.

By being a party to the treaty, the contribution of Armenia and the Armenian people to the victory of the Allies in World War I and to the establishment of peace was also being recognized.

Third, the Treaty of Sevres documented and enshrined—with its Article 89—the Armenian people’s indisputable historical connection with the Armenian Highlands where the Armenian people were born, lived, and established statehood and culture for millennia.

Finally, the Treaty of Sevres was signed in the period following the years of the Armenian Genocide, when the Ottoman Empire was attempting to resolve the ‘Armenian Question’ by annihilating the Armenian people. (…). Meanwhile, the Treaty of Sevres was paving the way for overcoming the aftermath of the genocide.

"Although the Treaty of Sevres was never implemented, it continues to exist as a historical fact that reflects the path we [Armenians] have passed toward the restoration of an independent state."

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