President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan issued on the occasion of the 94th anniversary of the signing of the Lausanne Peace Treaty.
“We are today celebrating the 94th anniversary of the signing of the Lausanne Peace Treaty, the founding document of the Republic of Turkey.
The heroic victory of independence, which our august nation achieved despite all the poverty and impossibilities, was registered in the fields of diplomacy and international relations with the Lausanne Treaty.
With the Lausanne Treaty, the Turkish nation tore up the Sèvres, which took aim at its one thousand-year existence on these lands, and made the whole world acknowledge the fact that it would make no concession on its independence.
As it did yesterday, our country is today as well fighting for its survival against various attacks on its existence.
Our entire nation’s unwavering adherence to its independence - men and women, the elderly and the young alike - just like a century ago, constitutes our biggest source of power in our fight for survival.
The resistance that was put up against the July 15 bloody coup attempt, the first anniversary of which we commemorated last week, once again manifested how determined our nation is and what risks it stands ready to take to protect its homeland, independence and will.
All the individuals of the 80 million gathered and clamped together around the principles of ‘ONE STATE, ONE NATION, ONE FLAG, ONE HOMELAND’ in the face of the invasion attempt that was tried to be staged at the hands of terrorists dressed in military uniforms.
Turkey will continue its march toward its goals, taking courage from its values, principles and the bravery of our august nation.
On the 94th anniversary of the Lausanne Peace Treaty, I remember our Republic’s founder Ghazi Mustafa Kemal and his comrades-in-arms with respect, and wish Allah’s mercy upon all our martyrs who sacrificed their lives for our homeland and independence.”