In an official statement, on the 100th anniversary of the Pontic Genocide, the Greek Foreign Ministry stressed that “it is our historical duty – and in particular of Turkey – to recognize events such as the genocide of Pontian Hellenism in order not to repeat the worst moments of the past and heal the deep wounds they left behind. ”

The Greek foreign ministry also pointed out that “the recognition of historical truth, self-criticism and the abandonment of revisionism are an indication of strength, not weakness. They are a precondition for a bona fide dialogue and the fight against the extremes of nationalism, the reconciliation of peoples and states, and peaceful co-existence. ”