Turkey criticized Armenia on Monday for bringing up the Treaty of Sevres 100 years later, which the Turkish nation overturned.
"Today, it is absurd that a government, which is unable to feed its own people, dares to bring up the Treaty of Sevres which the Turkish nation overturned 100 years ago," the Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
The statement continued by saying that those who think they can achieve "sneaky goals" should know that they will fail against Turkey's determination to maintain its survival and national existence.
"It is not surprising that those who draw animosity from history instead of taking lessons seek help from this document after 100 years," the statement said.
"The lesson given by the noble Turkish nation to those who dare to invade Anatolia and the heavy blow it dealt on imperialism is taught as lessons in history books. This glorious struggle has set an example for other oppressed nations," it underlined.
The Treaty of Lausanne – signed by Turkey on one side and Britain, France, Italy, Greece and their allies on the other – recognized the modern Turkish state and replaced the 1920 Treaty of Sevres, an unfair pact imposed on the Ottoman Empire after World War I. The treaty was designed to destroy Turkish sovereignty and liquidate the Ottoman Empire by forcing the administration to cede control over most of the territory uninhabited by Turkish people to the Allied powers including France, Italy, Britain and Japan. It only gave a small part of Anatolia to the remains of the Ottoman administration, but the entity would only be a protectorate rather than an independent state. The Ottoman Empire would not be allowed to control its finances, have an air force and its military would be limited to 50,700 men; could only maintain seven loops and six torpedo boats.
Armenia, which has been continuing the illegal occupation of Azerbaijani territory for years, is the main obstacle to the establishment of regional peace and stability.
Nagorno-Karabakh, an internationally recognized territory of Azerbaijan, has been under illegal Armenian occupation since 1991.
International organizations, including the United Nations, have demanded the withdrawal of the occupational forces.
The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe's (OSCE) Minsk Group – co-chaired by France, Russia and the U.S. – was formed in 1992 to find a peaceful solution to the conflict, but to no avail.
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