Ibrahim Serif: The Legal Status of the Muslim Turkish Minority of Western Thrace
189 Ibrahim Serif T h e L e g a l S ta t u s o f t h e M u s l i m Tu r k i s h M i n o r i t y o f We s t e r n T h ra ce T h e Tu r k i s h M i n o r i t y o f W e s t e r n T h r a c e After World War I, Western Thrace was withdrawn from Bulgaria un- der the terms of the 1919 Treaty of Neuilly. Then, Western Thrace was under temporary management of the French Mandate led by French General Sharpe. In the second half of April 1920, at a conference in San Remo with the prime ministers of the main allies of the Entente powers (except USA), Western Thrace was given to Greece. After that, the issue of Western Thrace was put on the agenda of the Lausanne Peace Conference. The Lausanne Peace Treaty, signed in 1923, gave the Turkish people of Western Thrace a “minority status”. The Peace Trea- ty of Lausanne, the bilateral agreements signed between Greece and Turkey and the international instruments concerning human and mi- nority rights, which Greece signed and ratified, established the minor- ity’s status. Today, an estimated number of 150,000 ethnic Turks live in the Northeast part of Greece. 190 Ibrahim Serif T h e L e g a l S...
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