Syriac youth discuss 100th anniversary of Treaty of Lausanne in Zalin, North and East Syria, meeting

ZALIN, Syria — Marking the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Lausanne and its significant impact on various peoples and components in the region, Syriac youth actively participated in a meeting organized by the Syrian Democratic Youth Council (SDYC) in Zalin (Qamishli), North and East Syria.

The gathering aimed to delve into the negative repercussions of the Treaty of Lausanne, which was signed a century ago, and its far-reaching effects on communities and ethnic groups.

The meeting commenced with a moment of silence, paying tribute to the souls of martyrs who have bravely fought for the rights of ethnic and religious communities across the region. Co-Chair of the Syrian Democratic Council (SDC) Amina Omar took the floor to shed light on the historical significance of the Treaty of Lausanne and its implications on political and social conditions during that period.

Omar emphasized the crucial role of youth in safeguarding and developing societies, especially amid the backdrop of 12 years of war in Syria. She emphasized their vital role in shielding communities from all forms of conflict.

The meeting concluded with a productive exchange of questions and insights from both the Syriac delegation and other participating youth organizations. Topics ranged from the tangible effects of the Treaty on the current Syrian reality to strategies for preventing the recurrence of past genocidal experiences and violations of people’s rights, while striving for the realization of democratic projects.