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United States Department of State / Papers relating to the foreign relations of the United States, 1919

Turkey,   pp. 810-889 PDF (28.6 MB)

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II. In order to assure the integrity of our country and our national
independence, as well as to assure the conservation of the Sultanat
and supreme Calif at, it is indispensable to place in action the national
forces and the absolute will of the people.
III. Against all intermeddling or occupation of no matter what
part of the Ottoman territory, and in particular against every move-
ment tending toward the formation, at the expense of the mother
country, of an independent Armenia and of an independent Greece
on the Aidin, Magnesie and Balikessir fronts, we are absolutely
resolved to resist and to defend our rights.
IV. It is inadmissible that privileges be accorded all non-Mussul-
man elements who, for ages, have lived from the breast of the same
country and who enjoy of the same rights of equality; such privileges
would tend to trouble our political government and break the social
V. All methods and all means are taken with a view to safeguard
the Sultanat, the supreme Califat and the integrity of the country in
the case where the Turkish Government, under foreign pressure,
should be called upon to abandon no matter what part of our
VI. We await a decision which will conform with right and with
such justice as will annul the initiatives that are contrary to our
historic, ethnic and religious rights; a decision relative to the annul-
ling of the project of the separation of our territory situated within
the line of demarcation traced by the Armistice Treaty, 30 October
1334, and inhabited by a preponderate majority of Mussulman popu-
lation having an intellectual preponderance and economic superiority
and forming an absolutely indivisible brotherhood which is insepa-
rable of race and religion.
VII. Our people honor and respect humanitarian and contem-
porary purposes and take in consideration our scientific, industrial
and economic needs; in consequence whereof, on condition that the
interior and exterior independence of our people and of our state, and
on condition that the territorial integrity of our country shall be
conserved intact, we will accept with pleasure the scientific, indus-
trial, and economic assistance of every state which will not set forth
imperialistic tendencies with respect to our country and which will
respect the principles of nationality within the limits indicated under
Article VI. We await in the name of the preservation of humanity
and universal peace the urgent signature of a peace based on the
aforenamed equitable and humanitarian conditions which we consider
to be our great national objective.
VIII. In the course of historic events which fix the destinies of
nations, it is indispensable that our Central Government shall submit
itself to the national will, for the arbitrary decision, emanating from

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