ND chief commemorates Pontic Greek genocide

ND chief commemorates Pontic Greek genocide

Opposition leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis on Friday commemorated the slaughter of hundreds of thousands of Black Sea, or Pontic, Greeks by Turks almost a century ago, describing the incident as a “painful chapter in our collective memory.”

“We all have a duty to keep historical memory alive,” Mitsotakis said in a statement.

Greece has officially recognized the murder of up to around 370,000 Greeks who lived on the shores of the Black Sea between 1914 and 1923 as genocide since 1994, designating May 19 an annual day of remembrance.

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