May 27 2020
In a speech he delivered in parliament on behalf of the Greek Government on May 19, 2020, Alternate Minister of Foreign Affairs Miltiadis Varvitsiotis has described Turks as “Kemalist and Neo-Turkish Hordes”.
Such baseless and delusional statements made by Greece do not accord with historical facts or values of the 21st century by any means.
WE STRONGLY DENOUNCE THE GREEK STATE’S DESCRIPTION OF TURKS AS “KEMALIST HORDES“
The Greek State’s unabated historic hostility towards Turks, Turkey and Ataturk continues even during the days of the coronavirus pandemic.
We have just celebrated the 101st anniversary of the national holiday of 19 May Atatürk, Youth and Sports Day.
However, Greece commemorates 19 May as the Pontic Greek Genocide Remembrance Day, which is a great historic slander. Incredible accusations are being made against our country as was the case in previous years.
In a speech he delivered in parliament on behalf of the Greek Government on May 19, 2020, Alternate Minister of Foreign Affairs Miltiadis Varvitsiotis carried on Greece’s historic hostility towards Turks, Turkey and Ataturk by saying “The testimonies of the survivors of the Pontic Genocide convey the horror of the scene. Testimony as chilling as this shows the magnitude of the pain suffered by the Pontic Greeks, who mourned 353,000 dead in the extermination campaign that lasted from 19 May 1919 to 1922… The attack and systematic extermination they suffered from the Kemalist and neo-Turkish hordes did not dampen their spirit…” Demonstrations were held in various Greek cities where our flag was burned by Greek fanatics.
Baseless and delusional statements made by the Greece do not accord with historical facts or values of the 21st century by any means. 19 May 1919, is not only a day when the first step of our War of Independence was taken, but also a date that led the way in the struggle of all oppressed nations against imperialism. On the other hand, historical clearly demonstrate that the so-called “genocide” is totally baseless.
In fact, the present-day Greeks seem to forget the fact that the then Greek Prime Minister Eleftherios Venizelos nominated Mustafa Kemal Ataturk for the Nobel Peace Prize in 1934 following the foundation of the Turkish Republic. It is necessary that the Greeks should start learning lessons from history.
This negative approach demonstrated by Greece is not only true for the citizens of Turkey but also for the Turks of Western Thrace as well as Rhodes and Kos (Istanköy) Turks who are living in its own country.
Moreover, Greek governments have been accepting the Turks living in Rhodes and Kos (Istanköy) as “Muslims” rather than recognizing them with their “Turkish Identities”. The “Muslim Greek” thesis put forward by the official Greek ideology is against science as well as historical facts. Also, the Turkish schools offering education on a bilingual basis were closed down in 1972. An unprecedented assimilation policy is still underway.
We strongly denounce the Greek State’s description of Turks as “Kemalist hordes“.
Prof. Dr. Mustafa Kaymakçı
The Rhodes, Kos and the Dodecanese Turks Culture and Solidarity Association