Monday, May 20 2019 13:37
Marianna Mkrtchyan

Armenian Ambassador to Germany delivered a speech at a memorial  evening dedicated to 100th anniversary of Genocide of Pontic Greeks

Armenian Ambassador to Germany delivered a speech at a memorial  evening dedicated to 100th anniversary of Genocide of Pontic Greeks

ArmInfo.Armenian Ambassador to Germany Ashot Smbatyan delivered a speech at a memorial evening dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the Genocide of Pontic Greeks  in the Ottoman Empire in Berlin.  

As the press service of the RA Foreign Ministry told ArmInfo during his speech, the ambassador touched upon the community of Armenian and Greek peoples with  histories of thousands of years, as well as tragic pages, in  particular, the genocide perpetrated in the Ottoman Empire against  Armenians, Greeks, Assyrians and other national Christian minority  period of the First World War.  Smbatyan stressed that Armenia as a  pioneer in the field of prevention of genocides and crimes against  humanity underlines the need for joint efforts of the international  community in this matter.

The Ambassador of Greece to Germany, Theodoros Daskarolis, the  well-known genocide scholar Tessa Hofmann Savvidis, Professor Taner  Akcam and others, also addressed the event .  The genocide of the  Pontic Greeks - the deliberate physical extermination of the  indigenous Greek population of historical Pontus, carried out by the  government of the Young Turks and continued by the Kealists during  the period of 1914-1923 in the Ottoman Empire. The genocide of the  Pontic Greeks is part of the wider Genocide of the Greeks of Asia  Minor, but is considered separately because of the geographical  isolation of the Pontus region and a number of geopolitical and  historical features. According to various sources, from 350 thousand  to a million Greeks were his victims.

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