In April 2019, three months before the national elections in Greece, then opposition leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis met with members of the Pontic Greek lobby in Greece. Since that meeting, the now Greek Prime Minister Mr Mitsotakis as well as Greece's President Mr Prokopis Pavlopoulos have consistently stated they will support the worldwide recognition of the genocide of Pontic Greeks. However, Greeks from Pontus weren't the only victims of the Greek Genocide. Greeks from many other regions were also victims. Seeking the partial recognition of a genocide, let alone the Greek Genocide, is absurd and sends the wrong message. Please read our letter below. If you agree with the sentiments, email the letter to the President and Prime Minister of Greece using the emails provided. Please also consider sending it to the Pan-Pontian Federation of Greece, ekathimerini newspaper and any other parties you feel appropriate.
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Subject: Mr President and Mr Prime Minister - All the Victims of the Greek Genocide Deserve Recognition
Dear Mr President and Mr Prime Minister,
I am writing to express my frustration with your stance on the Greek Genocide. Over the last 9 months, both of you have publicly stated that Greece will support the worldwide recognition of the genocide of the Greeks from the region of Pontus. However, the Greeks of Pontus weren't the only victims of the Greek Genocide. There were Greeks from many other regions who were also victims. Why then, are you only seeking worldwide recognition for the genocide of the Pontic Greeks? Not only is this illogical and ahistorical, it's also divisive and unfair on all the other Greek victims.
Mr President and Mr Prime Minister, between 1914-1923, large numbers of native Greeks in the Ottoman Empire were subjected to a state sponsored plan of eradication that many historians and modern genocide scholars have affirmed as an act of genocide. In 1998, the Hellenic Parliament passed Law Number 2645/1998 which recognizes that Greeks throughout ALL OF ASIA MINOR were victims of genocide. Why then, do you only support the worldwide recognition for the Greeks from the region of Pontus?
I wish to remind you that genocide is a heinous act perpetrated on an ethnic group. In the case of the Greek Genocide, all the victims were Greek, regardless of which region they lived. Seeking worldwide recognition only for the Greeks from one region sends the wrong message, a message of division. The Pontic Greeks were no more and no less Greek than any of the other Greek victims. I realize that the Pontic lobby met with Mr Mitsotakis in April 2019, three months before the Greek national elections, but I'd like to think that your decision to only seek recognition for the Pontic Greeks is not a result of this meeting. Genocide recognition should go to ALL THE VICTIMS OF THE GREEK GENOCIDE, not just the group that lobbies more vigorously.
May I also remind you that genocide is the ultimate act of exclusion, therefore remembrance and recognition should be done in an inclusive manner. We rely on our leaders to be strong and lead by example, for ALL GREEKS. We rely on our leaders to unite Greeks and not divide them into groups worthy of genocide recognition, and those not worthy.
I politely ask that you respect the historical record and reconsider your policy on the recognition of the Greek Genocide. All the Greek victims deserve recognition. Anything less is offensive, divisive and unacceptable.
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