Pontian genocide commemorated

first_imgThe Pontian Genocide was commemorated at an event held by the Coordinating Committee of Pontian Assocciations in Melbourne (SEPSM). Greek Australian MP Jenny Mikakos once again stated her commitment to continue her struggle for the international recognition of the Pontian Genocide. In her speech at the event, she underlined that the only thing Greeks ask is that Turkey recognizes the genocide and publicly apologises, comparing the apology to the time that former Prime Minister of Australia Kevin Rudd said “sorry” to the indigenous Australians for the suffering brought to them when they were invaded. SEPSM coordinator Spyros Korosidis officially launched the event and welcomed the guests who attended. Consul General to Greece in Melbourne Eleni Lainidou also gave a speech noting the importance of the commemorative events for the Pontian Greek Genocide and the necessity of an apology from the Turkish government for the crimes against humanity committed by former regimes of the country. However, she explained that her calling does not imply hatred against the Turkish people. Bill Papastergiadis, President of the Greek Orthodox Community of Melbourne and Victoria, also spoke at the event. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img

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