On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Lausanne, “The Panel on the Centenary of the Treaty of Lausanne” was held in Lausanne, Switzerland, at the Beau-Rivage Palace where the treaty was signed. The panel was held with the cooperation of the Atatürk Research Center, the Turkish Historical Society, the Atatürk Supreme Council, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
In his opening speech, Ambassador Prof. Dr. Derya ÖRS, the President of the Atatürk Supreme Council, expressed that under the leadership of Mustafa Kemal ATATÜRK, the struggle for independence was successfully concluded with heroic actions and sacrifices made by the nation, resulting in the liberation of the homeland from enemies and the establishment of the Republic of Türkiye.
ÖRS emphasized the significance of the panel on July 24, the day when the Treaty of Lausanne was signed and held in Lausanne. He stated that history is not only about narrating the past but also sheds light on the present as a scientific discipline. He also expressed his belief that the event, organized for the correct understanding and interpretation of the Treaty of Lausanne, would achieve its goal.
Turkish Ambassador to Switzerland Ece ACARSOY expressed her pride in hosting such a panel with esteemed institutions on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Lausanne. She pointed out that this treaty is one of the founding agreements of the Republic of Türkiye. ACARSOY also emphasized the significance of the Treaty of Lausanne in terms of Türkiye-Switzerland relations, stating that it holds an essential place in the establishment of strong bonds of friendship between the two countries.
Permanent Representative of Türkiye to the United Nations Office at Geneva, Güven BEGEÇ; Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Türkiye to the World Trade Organization Alpaslan ACARSOY; Consul General of Türkiye in Geneva İpek ZEYTİNOĞLU ÖZKAN; Consul General of Türkiye in Geneva Hasan Emre UYGUN; Türkiye’s Special Representative for the Alliance of Civilisations to the United Nations Office at Geneva Hakan KIVANÇ; Mayor of Lausanne Grégoire JUNOD; Mayor of Moudon (Canton of Vaud) Carole PICO; Mayor of Versoix (Canton of Geneva) Ornella ENHAS; Roman BUSCH, Regional Coordinator for Southeast Europe (Deputy Director General); Sarah-Jeanne GIROUX-RICHARD, Political Officer (Third Clerk) of the Southeast Europe Unit of the Swiss Ministry of Foreign Affairs; members of the Swiss-Turkish community and students attended the panel.
At the panel, which Prof. Dr. Dilşen İnce ERDOĞAN chaired, three speakers delivered their speeches: Prof. Dr. Sevtap DEMİRCİ spoke on “A Tough Struggle in Lausanne: Lord Curzon against İsmet Pasha (1922-1923),” Prof. Dr. Temuçin Faik ERTAN discussed “Türkiye’s Sensitivities at the Lausanne Conference,” and Ambassador Rauf Engin SOYSAL presented on “Peace at Home, Peace in the World: Lausanne and Turkish Foreign Policy.”
After the panel, which extensively discussed the historical significance of the Treaty of Lausanne, a reception was held for the participants.