“We do not forget the shameful crime and its victims,” Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos said on Friday in his message ahead of the May 19 Remembrance Day of the Genocide of Pontian Greeks.
He also called on those responsible for the genocide, even now, to apologise. In particular, Pavlopoulos stated in his message:
“The Remembrance Day of the Genocide of Pontian Hellenism, which was established by the Greek Parliament under Law 2193/1994, highlights, over time and uninterruptedly, a shameful crime against humanity.
“Honouring the sacred memory of the tragic victims of this genocide, we, the Greeks, send a double message:
“Firstly, we do not forget the shameful crime and its victims. And we call on those responsible for the genocide, even now, to frankly express their retrospective apology.
“Secondly, we call on all peoples, who remain committed to the principles of democracy, to our culture and fundamental human rights, to not forget, on the one hand, and to not permit such crimes against humanity in the future, on the other hand.
“Our appeal is even more important nowadays, when the harsh times we are living in, especially through the barbarity of jihadist terrorism, prove that the nightmare of crimes against humanity has unfortunately not been eliminated.
“In this context, the sacred memory of the tragic victims of the genocide of the Pontian Greeks – as well as the sacred memory of the tragic victims of all genocides – must remain alive in order to ensure the peak vigilance of world awareness.”