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05/23/2020 Turkey (International Christian Concern) – On Tuesday, the remembrance day of the Greek (Pontian) Genocide, Athens issued a statement honoring the Greeks killed by Ottoman Turkey between 1913 and 1922. It was aggressively rebutted by Turkish authorities.

Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said, “The Pontian Greeks became the victims of an unprecedented atrocity. They were persecuted, displaced, and exterminated. Those who survived left behind their ancestral homes to rise up again in the motherland.” He continued by reminding the nation that this genocide was not only against the Greek Christians, but the Armenian and Assyrian Christians, as well.

Turkey’s Foreign Ministry responded to this statement by calling it “baseless and delirious.” Turkey claims that Greece is attempting to reverse history by spreading false accusations toward the Turkish people. Despite recognition of these genocides from the majority of the world’s historians and other nations, Turkey refuses to admit fault, claiming that it was a situation of war featuring casualties on both sides. This response echoes Turkey’s attitude leading up to the anniversary of the Greek Genocide, which was one of ostracization, denial, and hostility.

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