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'greek Nightmare' Adds To Armenian One

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    AZG Armenian Daily #092, 21/05/2005



    May 19 Declared 'Commemoration Day of Greek Genocide in Pontos'

    With unprecedented arrangements, Armenians all over the world
    commemorated the 90th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide on April
    24th. The most impressive of all arrangements was the march of more
    than 1.5 million Armenians to Tsitsernakaberd. The international
    conference in Yerevan held those days was a significant event as it
    added scientific meaning to the anniversary.

    What was also unique in this conference is the participation of two
    scientists from Turkey - Murad Belge and Baskin Oran. Unprecedented
    were the sympathies of the Turkish Union of Human Rights to the
    Armenian people on occasion of the 90th anniversary.

    Among the organizations that visited Tsitsernakaberd Genocide Memorial
    were Germany's TODAY, Turkey-Germany Union of Human Rights Protection,
    Confederation of Workers from Turkey in Europe and International
    Federation of Cultural Exchange. PSD, Liberty Party of Dersim,
    released a statement condemning "The Armenian Genocide in either
    Ottoman or post-Kemal Turkey".

    While official Turkey is seeking to curb initiatives directed at
    international recognition of the Armenian Genocide, the Greeks in
    Thessalonica organize a rally on May 19 demanding "recognition of
    genocide of Greeks of Pontos". Then, according to Anatolu agency, the
    protesters moved to the Turkish consulate in Thessalonica to hand their
    written demand in. It must be noted that May 19 is celebrated in Turkey
    as Ataturk Commemoration, Youth and Sports Day as that very day in
    1919 Mustafa Kemal Ataturk left Istanbul secretly and set foot in the
    Black Sea city of Samsun and launched the Turkish War of Liberation.

    Nikos Chiarchionis, minister of Macedonia-Thrace, said in his address
    to the crowd gathered at city square that ,"The Pontos genocide
    is one of the dark pages of world history, thus it should receive
    international acknowledgement together with the genocides of Armenians
    and Jews".

    Following Chiarchionis' speech, Thessalonica mayor Vasilis
    Papayorgopulos said that the Municipality took a decision of erecting a
    "monument to the genocide of Greeks of Pontos". Deputy foreign minister
    of Greece, Panayotis Skandalakis, issued a statement informing that
    19 May is a turning point in Greeks' history, they do not forget those
    banished from their homeland. "Exile is an incurable wound. Historic
    memory cannot be distorted. But the past should be no barrier for
    the future", he continued.

    Greek Prime Minister Kostas Karamanlis is said to have sent a note
    to the Greek unions of Pontos "on occasion of commemoration of Greek
    genocide in Pontos". We are now to wait for Turkey's comeback.

    By Hakob Chakrian
    [url][/url] - [COLOR="Red"]Armenian[/COLOR] [COLOR="Blue"]Genealogy[/COLOR] [COLOR="Orange"]Forum[/COLOR]

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    And here is how Ankara reports the news... with the word "so-called" that is!

    Remembrance ceremony in Greece for the 'Pontus genocide'


    Greek Foreign Minister Assistant Panayotis Skandalakis

    A remembrance ceremony and march took place in Thessaloniki, Greece yesterday evening for the victims of the so-called Greek 'Pontus genocide.' A group of people gathered in one of the city's central squares shouting anti-Turkish slogans, and then marched to the Turkish Consulate in Thessaloniki. The marchers then left a written notice of protest in front of the Consulate.

    Nikos Chiarchionis, Greek Minister representing Macendonia and Thrace, spoke at the gathering, saying "the Potus genocide should be remembered by the world on the same level as the Armenian and Jewish genocides." Mayor of Thessaloniki, Vasilis Papayorgopulos, announced at the meeting that the local parliament had decided that a monument would be built in Thessaloniki to the victims of the so-called 'Pontus genocide.' A message from Foreign Minister Assistant Panayotis Skandalakis read at the meeting explained that for Greeks, May 19 was an historical turning point, and that the day was "to remember those who were expelled from their homelands, and the struggles which followed."

    Greek government spokesman Teodoros Rusopulos said that Greek Prime Minister Kostas Karamanlis had sent a supportive message regarding the May 19 so-called Greek 'Pontus genocide' to the Pontus Greek Organization.

    [CENTER][I][COLOR="Red"][B]"We must remind the Turkish Government that when they had Sultan Abdul Hamid, we had Andranik Pasha, Serob Aghbyur, and Gevorg Chaush. When they had Taleat pasha, we had Soghomon Tehleryan. New Hrants will be born, and our struggle will go on.” [/B][/COLOR][/I][/CENTER]

    [COLOR="Black"][CENTER][B]"Hrant Dink's murder is tragic proof that the Turkish government - through its campaign of denial, threats and intimidation against the recognition of the Armenian Genocide - continues to fuel the same hatred and intolerance that initially led to this crime against humanity more than 90 years ago."[/B][/CENTER][/COLOR]