The first official declaration of Greek claims
was the Memorandum of the Greek national claims drafted in December 1918 and submitted
to the Supreme Council of the Allied Powers in January 1919.
Venizelos was asking for the annexation to Greece of northern Epirus, Thrace, the Dodecanese islands
and a zone in Asia Minor. This zone extended over a line running from a point opposite Tenedos Island
to the north to a point opposite Kastelorizo to the south, whereas the port of
Panormos secured the exit to the sea of Marmara. Constantinople and the Straits
would form an international state.
The arguments of Venizelos were grounded on the numerical supremacy
of Greeks in the contested areas. In Asia Minor
there was a population of 818,221 Greeks, whereas 11,877 more were living in the islands Imvros
and Tenedos, figures gathered by the Patriarchate in 1912.
For Greeks outside the contested area, Venizelos
proposed that they be exchanged with Muslims from the zone that would be ceded