Who Is John Michael de Robeck?

Who Is John Michael de Robeck?

Admiral Robeck was convinced that Kurdish-Armenian alliance would be politically beneficial for the respective parties and Britain. In his telegram to Lord Curzon on December 11, 1919, he reiterated that such an alliance would be in the best interests of Britain in the region and the demands of Kurds and Armenians should be carefully supported and promoted. In his reply dated December 20, Lord Curzon ordered the Commissariat to encourage and embolden the parties.(Selçuk Ural, “Mütareke Döneminde İngiltere’nin Güneydoğu Anadolu Politikası” [England’s Southeastern Anatolia Policy in Armistice Period], Ankara Üniversitesi Türk Inkılâp Tarihi Enstitüsü Atatürk Yolu Dergisi, no. 39, 2007, pp. 425-463 )

It is perfectly normal that the demands of the Kurdish and Armenian people are fulfilled. What is noteworthy here, however, is the fact that the British deep state members wanted it only to further their own agenda. As soon as the conditions that suited their interests ceased to exist, they did not refrain from bombing Kurdish villages, as in the aftermath of the Treaty of Lausanne.

De Robeck, one of the names behind the occupation of Istanbul, tried to justify the occupation maintaining that if the Allies were to force peace, they had to overcome Turks in Istanbul and weaken their resistance. (Gotthard Jaeschke, Kurtuluş Savaşı İle İlgili İngiliz Belgeler)

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