US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has been urged to reiterate US support for the 1923 Treaty of Lausanne following Turkish President (Dictator) Reccep Tayip Erdogan’s repeated comments that it needs revising. Erdogan inflamed tensions once again with his recent visit to Greece.
The treaty was signed following the Greco-Turkish War of 1919-1922 and formed Modern Greece and Turkey’s borders. The treaty was ratified by Turkey, Greece, Italy, Japan and the UK and came into force in 1924.
Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney, co-chair and co-founder of the Congressional Caucus on Hellenic Issues, wrote to Tillerson advising him to make it clear that the terms are non-negotiable: “The United States should make clear that the territorial terms of the Treaty are non-negotiable and that it will not accept Turkish instigation of border disputes in an area that has been peaceful for nearly 100 years,” Maloney said. “Opening a border dispute over territories settled nearly 100 years ago is a provocative and dangerous suggestion, and I hope that the United States will do everything in its power to discourage Turkey from pursuing this line of diplomacy”.