Possible terms of the Ankara Government to establish a settlement between Turkey and Britain during the War of Independence given by Mr. Raouf Ahmet to Mr. Toynbee (July 1921).
The below documents explicate Ankara’s criteria for reaching an agreement concerning the issues of minorities, non-Turkish residents, the Straits, the borders and economic status of the new Turkish state. It is remarkable that the terms put forward in 1921 were mainly similar to the terms agreed in the Lausanne treaty. This implies the fact that most of the terms agreed in Lausanne had previously been drafted by Ankara during the war and Turks became successful in forcing the inclusion of these conditions in the founding treaty of the new Republic. Mr. Toynbee, in the below documents, however highlights the possibility of Ankara to give concessions in certain domains. For instance, it is argued that Ankara might accept the Midia-Enez line as new Turkey’s European border. Mr. Toynbee also talks about the possibility for Ankara to give ‘slight’ concessions of Ottoman territory further east to Republic of Russian Armenia.
Reference: FO 371/6531