Monday, October 15, 2007
Wilsonian Armenia can be Realized
YEREVAN (Armenpress)--"The true frontiers between Armenia and Turkey have been and remain to be the borders determined by Woodrow Wilson," former Armenian Ambassador to Canada Ara Papian said in an interview with Armenpress. "There is no other legal document setting the borders between the two countries," said Papian who first presented Woodrow Wilson's legacy about a year ago. According to Wilson's decision, Armenia's jurisdiction spread over the provinces of Van, Bitlis, Erzrum and Trapizon--all in all 103,599 square kilometers. Although his first speeches on Wilson's decision were very interesting, many did not believe it could be realized. Nevertheless, the meetings in Armenia and abroad over the past year are already yielding results. According to Papian, many responses have been received from both Armenia and abroad; parliamentary and non-parliamentary forces, including the Armenian Revolutionary Federation, have shown interest in the issue. Papian is confident that sooner or later, Armenia will be able to restore its rights de jure on territories comprising part of the 1918 Republic of Armenia. The diplomat attaches great importance to the maturity of the idea and the growing consciousness among Armenian society of their rights. This he believes will in turn exert influence on political structures. Practical steps to encourage a decision can be taken later, he said. The rights of Armenian People over the territories bestowed by Wilson can be restored through the UN Security Council, the International Court of Hague or the US Courts, said Papian.