The Coordinating Committee of Pontian Associations in Melbourne (SEPSM) organized various events on May 18 to commemorate the Pontian Genocide.
Among other events, a memorial service was held in the St. Efstathios church as well as a wreath laying ceremony at the Australian Hellenic Memorial Foundation. Later in the day a book about the Pontian Genocide in Asia Minor between 1916 and 1922 was presented to the Pontian Community of Melbourne and Victoria. After the presentation, the university professor Panayiotis Diamandis also offered a lecture on the Pontian Genocide.
It should be stressed that the states of South Australia and New South Wales have recognized the Pontian Genocide. Several Turks recently protested outside the state Parliament of New South Wales, seeking to revoke the resolution recognizing the Pontian Genocide.