Pontic Genocide

From infomekka.com

The region of Pontus in Turkey
The term 'Pontic Genocide' is used by some who say that over three hundred and fifty thousand Pontic Hellenes were killed between 1914 and 1923 by Turkish troops. At that time there was a Turkification campaign that came about with the rise of the Young Turks political movement in the Ottoman Empire. The Turkish government believed that there were groups within the state that were threatening its territorial integrity and were decreasing the chances of a Turkish victory in World War I. The parliament of the Hellenic Republic has called May 19 'Pontian Greek Genocide Remembrance Day'.[1][2][3]

Prokopis Pavlopoulos, the President of the Hellenic Republic, asked Turkey to call the events in the Turkification campaign a genocide. The Turkish government responded that Prokopis's statements had no 'no historical or legal consistency', and has said that to make the assertion that there was a genocide goes against friendship between the two nations.[2]


  1. Stella Tsolakidou (18 May 2013). 'May 19, Pontian Greek Genocide Remembrance Day'. greekreporter.com. Retrieved 16 August 2016.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Mary Harris (16 August 2016). 'Turkey Slams Greek President Pavlopoulos for Seeking Apology for Pontic Genocide'. greekreporter.com. Retrieved 16 August 2016.
  3. 'ARMENIAN GENOCIDE'. history.com. Retrieved 12 August 2016.