Στα πλαίσια της Γενικής πολιτικής του Εθνικού Κογκρέσου για την αναγνώριση της Ελληνικής Γενοκτονίας (Ποντίων), ο Δήμαρχος της Οττάβας, Hon. Jim Watson, ανταποκρίθηκε στο αίτημα του Εθνικού Κογκρέσου και προκήρυξε την 19η Μαίου σαν «Ημέρα Μνήμης για την Γενοκτονία των Ελλήνων του Πόντου».
Δείτε την Διακήρυξη του Δημάρχου της Οττάβας:

GREEK PONTIAN GENOCIDE REMEMBRANCE DAY

May 19th, 2016

WHEREAS, on this day, Hellenic communities across Canada recognize the 102nd anniversary of the Greek Pontian Genocide of 1914; and

WHEREAS, in 1914, the Ottoman government issued a decree to annihilate the Greek population from their ancestral and historic homeland of Pontus, home to the Greek Pontians since the time of Homer around 800 BCE; and

WHEREAS, over 350,000 Greek Pontians were exterminated and thousands were forcefully removed from their homes; and

WHEREAS, by recognizing this tragic time in European history, we are provided with an opportunity to understand and appreciate the values that we, as Canadians, deeply treasure – peace, freedom and democracy;

THEREFORE, I, Jim Watson, Mayor of the City of Ottawa, do hereby proclaim May 19th, 2016 Greek Pontian Genocide Remembrance Day in Ottawa.

ΕΘΝΙΚΟ ΚΟΓΚΡΕΣΟ – ΚΑΙ Η ΟΤΤΑΒΑ ΑΝΑΓΝΩΡΙΣΕ ΤΗΝ ΗΜΕΡΑ ΜΝΗΜΗΣ

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