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

Turkey,   pp. 810-889 PDF (28.6 MB)


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FOREIGN RELATIONS, 1919, VOLUME II
a government which treats lightly of the supreme will of the people
not only causes that government not to be respected but, again, it
could not be taken into consideration; the history of our past is proof.
In consequence, it is absolutely urgent that before taking the means
to remedy the anguish which exists within the very breast of the
nation, our Central Government shall proceed without delaying fur-
ther to convoke the Nationalist Assembly and submit all the deci-
sions to take with a view to safeguarding the interests of the nation.
IX. The sufferings and the calamities of the nations have given
birth to a federal assembly called " The Assembly to Defend the
Rights and the Interests of the Provinces of Anatolia and of Rou-
melia." That assembly abstracts all the tendencies of the political
parties so that all our Mussulman compatriots as such, can be
considered as legitimate members of that assembly.
X. The congress of that assembly named " The Assembly to Defend
the Rights and the Interests of the Provinces of Anatolia and of Rou-
melia," which met at Sivas 4 September 1335 (1919), has chosen a
representative corps charged to push on the proposed sacred cause
and to direct such similar organizations as well in the smaller com-
munities as in the larger centers of the vilayets.
THE CONGRESS
EXHIBIT F
TO THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA:
The National Congress of Sivas, representing the entire Moham-
medan population of European Turkey and Asia Minor, and com-
posed of delegates representing every province and state in said
portions of the Ottoman Empire, assembled on September 4, 1919
for the purpose of securing the fulfillment of the wishes of the ma-
jority of the population of the empire with the protection of all
minorities, and, with life, liberty, justice and inviolability of prop-
erty rights guaranteed for all.
The National Congress of Sivas by unanimous vote on September
9, 1919 passed a resolution outlining the desires of the majority of
the population of the Ottoman Empire and embodying the principles
which will guide the future action of the Congress at Sivas, the cen-
tral committee which it will elect from among its members before
dispersal, and all of the subsidiary organizations within the frontiers
of the Empire.
In accordance with the said resolution of policy, the National
Congress of Sivas, this day, by unanimous vote, requests the Senate
of the United States of America to send a committee of its members
to visit all confines of the Ottoman Empire for the purpose of in-
vestigating with the clear vision of a disinterested nation conditions
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