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Abdülmecid’s 1929 Words Come Back to Life

It’s been nearly 82 years since Abdülmecid the Last Ottoman Caliph, gave an interview to the Swiss newspaper La Tribune de Geneve, but the Turkish historian Cemil Koçak, in an article in Radical, a Turkish Newspaper, has brought it back up.

In a piece entitled, We Argued With Mustafa Kemal Over the Greek Expulsion, Koçak wonders: “Where Abdülmecid memories will unearth from?” He explored the interview and wrote that, “Even the smallest part of Abdülmecid’s documents,could reveal really important secrets,”invoking a Turkish Consulate’s telegram in Marseilles that dates back to 1935.

At one point in the 1929 interview, he clearly states he did not wish for Turkey’s involvement in World War I and that the country should remain neutral. “Those who led the country with a great passion to a disastrous path,was Enver Pasha and his partners, Talat and Cemal. In order to achieve their goal, after having worked in Sultan Ampntoulchamit service,they won the support of the German General Liman von Sanders’ten,who had defamed Turkey.

“Then I supported Mustafa Kemal’s efforts. I myself,sent Franklin-Bouillon in Ankara so as to meet with him, who had proposed to us signing a separate agreement with France. My relationships with Kemal Ataturk were disturbed when he set out to massively remove the Greeks of Istanbul and Anatolia,outside of Turkey’s borders.”Abdülmecid said.

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