The self-called Advisory Committee of the Turkish Minority of Western Thrace sent a controversial and provocative letter to the Ministry of Education asking for a change in the chapter on the Asia Minor catastrophe included in the elementary history school books.
The Committee asked to change the term “slaughter of Christians and plundering on behalf of the Turks” with the infamous Repousi-term introduced some years ago and describing the Asia Minor catastrophe as a “congestion in the port.” The then Minister of Education Anna Diamantopoulou had been scolded for her efforts of undermining the particular historic moment and was criticized for being excessively Turkish-friendly in her politics.
According to the Greek daily Eleftheros Typos, the Advisory Committee noted in its letter that they wish for clarity and truth. “Historic descriptions like these are not in accordance with the spirit of solidarity and friendship between the two countries. On the contrary, they build up prejudice and extreme beliefs and social groups.”