THE TREATY OF PEACE BETWEEN THE ALLIED AND ASSOCIATED POWERS
SIGNED AT SÈVRES
AUGUST 10, 1920
PRISONERS OF WAR AND GRAVES.
PRISONERS OF WAR.
The repatriation of Turkish prisoners of war and interned
civilians who have not already been repatriated shall continue
as quickly as possible after the coming into force of the present
From the time of their delivery into the hands of the Turkish
authorities, the prisoners of war and interned civilians are to be
returned without delay to their homes by the said authorities.
Those among them who, before the war, were habitually resident in territory occupied by the troops of the Allied Powers are
likewise to be sent to their homes, subject to the consent and
control of the military authorities of the Allied armies of occupation.
The whole cost of repatriation from October 30, 1918, shall
be borne by the Turkish Government.
Prisoners of war and interned civilians awaiting disposal or
undergoing sentence for offences against discipline shall be repatriated irrespective of the completion of their sentence or of the
proceedings pending against them.
This stipulation shall not apply to prisoners of war and interned civilians punished for offences committed subsequent to
June 15, 1920.
During the period pending their repatriation, all prisoners of
war and interned civilians shall remain subject to the existing
regulations, more especially as regards work and discipline.
Prisoners of war and interned civilians who are awaiting trial
or undergoing sentence for offences other than those against
discipline may be detained.
The Turkish Government undertakes to admit to its territory
without distinction all persons liable to repatriation.
Prisoners of war or Turkish nationals who do not desire to be
repatriated may be excluded from repatriation; but the Allied
Governments reserve to themselves the right either to repatriate
them or to take them to a neutral country or to allow them to
reside in their own territories.
The Turkish Government undertakes not to institute any exceptional proceedings against these persons or their families nor
to take any repressive or vexatious measures of any kind whatsoever against them on this account.
The Allied Governments reserve the right to make the repatriation of Turkish prisoners of war or Turkish nationals in their
hands conditional upon the immediate notification and release
by the Turkish Government of any prisoners of war and other
nationals of the Allied Powers who are still held in Turkey against
The Turkish Government undertakes:
(I) To give every facility to Commissions entrusted by the
Allied Powers with the search for the missing or the identification of Allied nationals who have expressed their desire to remain
in Turkish territory; to furnish such Commissions with all
necessary means of transport; to allow them access to camps,
prisons, hospitals and all other places; and to place at their disposal all documents whether public or private which would
facilitate their enquiries;
(2) To impose penalties upon any Turkish officials or private
persons who have concealed the presence of any nationals of any
of the Allied Powers, or who have neglected to reveal the presence
of any such after it had come to their knowledge;
(3) To facilitate the establishing of criminal acts punishable
by the penalties referred to in Part VII (Penalties) of the present
Treaty and committed by Turks against the persons of prisoners
of war or Allied nationals during the war.
The Turkish Govermnent undertakes to restore without delay
from the date of the coming into force of the present Treaty all
articles, equipment, arms, money, securities, documents and
personal effects of every description which have belonged to
officers, soldiers or sailors or other nationals of the Allied Powers
and which have been retained by the Turkish authorities.
The High Contracting Parties waive reciprocally all repayment
of sums due for the maintenance of prisoners of war in their
The Turkish Government shall transfer to the British, French
and Italian Governments respectively full and exclusive rights
of ownership over the land within the boundaries of Turkey as
fixed by the present Treaty in which are situated the graves of
their soldiers and sailors who fell in action or died from wounds,
accident or disease, as well as over the land required for laying
out cemeteries or erecting memorials to these soldiers and sailors,
or providing means of access to such cemeteries or memorials.
The Greek Government undertakes to fulfil the same obligation
so far as concerns the portion of the zone of the Straits and the
islands placed under its sovereignty.
Within six months from the coming into force of the present
Treaty the British, French and Italian Governments will respectively notify to the Turkish Government and the Greek Government the land of which the ownership is to be transferred to
them in accordance with Article 218. The British, French and
Italian Governments will each have the right to appoint a Commission, which shall be exclusively entitled to examine the areas
where burials have or may have taken place, and to make suggestions with regard to the re-grouping of graves and the sites
where cemeteries are eventually to be established. The Turkish
Government and the Greek Government may be represented on
these Commissions, and shall give them all assistance in carrying
out their mission.
The said land will include in particular the land in the Gallipoli
Peninsula shown on map No. 3 [see Introduction]; the limits of this
land will be notified to the Greek Government as provided in the
preceding paragraph. The Government in whose favour the transfer is made undertakes not to employ the land, nor to allow it to
be employed, for any purpose other than that to which it is dedicated. The shore may not be employed for any military, marine
or commercial purpose.
Any necessary legislative or administrative measures for the
transfer to the British, French and Italian Governments respectively of full and exclusive rights of ownership over the land
notified in accordance with Article 219 shall be taken by the
Turkish Government and the Greek Government respectively
within six months from the date of such notification. If any
compulsory acquisition of the land is necessary it will be effected
by, and at the cost of, the Turkish Government or the Greek
Government, as the case may be.
The British, French and Italian Governments may respectively entrust f gendarmerie, Greek and
Turkish, will be under the I
deem fit the establishment, arrangement, maintenance and care
of the cemeteries, memorials and graves situated in the land
referred to in Article 218.
These Commissions or organisations shall be officially recognised by the Turkish Government and the Greek Government
respectively. They shall have the right to undertake any exhumations or removal of bodies which they may consider necessary in order to concentrate the graves and establish cemeteries;
the remains of soldiers or sailors may not be exhumed, on any
pretext whatever, without the authority of the Commission or
organisation of the Government concerned.
The land referred to in this Section shall not be subjected by
Turkey or the Turkish authorities, or by Greece or the Greek
authorities, as the case may be, to any form of taxation. Representatives of the British, French or Italian Governments, as
well as persons desirous of visiting the cemeteries, memorials
and graves, shall at all times have free access thereto. The
Turkish Government and the Greek Government respectively
undertake to maintain in perpetuity the roads leading to the
The Turkish Government and the Greek Government respectively undertake to afford to the British, French and Italian
Governments all necessary facilities for obtaining a sufficient
water supply for the requirements of the staff engaged in the
maintenance or protection of the said cemeteries or memorials,
and for the irrigation of the land.
The provisions of this Section do not affect the Turkish or
Greek sovereignty, as the case may be, over the land transferred.
The Turkish Government and the Greek Government respectively shall take all the necessary measures to ensure the punishment of persons subject to their jurisdiction who may be guilty
of any violation of the rights conferred on the Allied Governments, or of any desecration of the cemeteries, memorials or
Without prejudice to the other provisions of this Section, the
Allied Governments and the Turkish Government will cause to
be respected and maintained the graves of soldiers and sailors
buried in their respective territories, including any territories for
which they may hold a mandate in conformity with the Covenant of the League of Nations.
The graves of prisoners of war and interned civilians who are
nationals of the different belligerent States and have died in
captivity shall be properly maintained in accordance with
The Allied Governments on the one hand and the Turkish
Government on the other reciprocally undertake also to furnish
to each other:
(1) A complete list of those who have died, together with all
information useful for identification
(2) All information as to the number and position of the graves of all those who have been buried without identification.