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(CUL) POPULATION EXCHANGE STORIES BECOME A BOOK.

ISTANBUL, Dec 22, 2009 (TUR) -- The Foundation of Lausanne Treaty Emigrants has published a book titled "Stories of Population Exchange" on the 85th anniversary of Turkish-Greek population exchange.

In a written press release, Deputy Chairperson of the Foundation, Mufide Pekin, said on Tuesday that they held a contest in which 102 writers submitted 130 stories on the population exchange that took place between Turkey and Greece decades ago.

Individuals from all corners of Turkey and abroad participated in the contest. The youngest story writer was 17 years old while the oldest was 78, Pekin said.

Pekin said that the book "Stories of Population Exchange" will be introduced to the public on December 26 at the Tarihci Bookstore in Moda district of Istanbul with the participation of the writers.

The years between 1912-1922 were marked by unrest and wars in the Balkans, the Aegean Islands and Asia Minor, creating masses of refugees who were forced to leave their homeland under conditions of misery and horror. Massive movements of population took place during and after the Balkan Wars with thousands of Muslims fleeing their homes in fear and panic following the retreating Ottoman Army. A similar tragedy of fleeing refugees was to be lived once more in 1922 when the Orthodox Greek population of Asia Minor departed with the defeated Greek Army after the war between Greece and Turkey. Many lives were lost and much suffering was endured during this period which resulted in a significant altering of the demographic map of the Aegean Region. The final solution was brought about by the Lausanne Convention of 30 January 1923 internationally endorsed in the Treaty of Lausanne which was signed between the New Turkish State and the Greek State in July 1923. This was to be the first ever compulsory exchange of populations, uprooting about 2 millions of Orthodox Greeks and Muslims in Asia Minor, mainland Greece and the Islands and transporting them to their new homelands. The decrees of the Convention of Population Exchange of 30 January 1923 was to be applied to all refugees since 1912.

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