If Turkey claims lands in Greece and Iraq

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan criticized the Treaty of Lausanne, which created the borders of modern Turkey, for leaving the country too small. He spoke of the country’s interest in the fate of Turkish minorities living beyond these borders, as well as its historic claims to the Iraqi city of Mosul, near which Turkey has a small military base. (Foreign Policy)

In Mosul “a history lies for us. If the gentlemen desire so, let them read the Misak-i Milli (National Oath) and understand what the place means to us,” Erdogan declared. The Turkish president referred to an Ottoman Parliament-sealed, 1920 pact that designates Kirkuk and Mosul as parts of Turkey. (Kurdistan24)

Erdogan suggested in an address at the end of September that the 1923 Treaty of Lausanne, which Turkish nationalists negotiated with the Allies, cannot be considered a “victory” because Turkey had lost to Greece several islands near its coast that were part of the Ottoman Empire. (Washington Post)