“We will never accept illegal annexation of Crimea” – Turkey at Tatar World Congress

The opening of the Second Crimean World Congress in Ankara, Turkey, on 1 August 2015

The opening of the Second Crimean World Congress in Ankara, Turkey, on 1 August 2015 

2015/08/01 • Crimea

The Second Crimean Tatar World Congress has opened on 1 July 2015  in the Turkish capital of Ankara. Over 410 representatives had registered for the event, in particular – various political figures, civic society activists, researchers coming from some 200 Crimean Tatar NGOs. The proclaimed goal of the meeting is to work out a working strategy for the Crimean Tatar diaspora to resist the Russian occupation of Crimea.

“Crimean Tatars are not a minority living on the Crimean peninsula, but the historic owners of Crimea. They have been living there for thousands of years and have had a successful state there. Crimean Tatars have the ultimate say about Crimea’s future and destiny, and no decision about it can be made without the free decision of Crimean Tatar people. No occupying force can impose conditions upon us,” said in his opening speech Head of the Crimean Tatar Mejlis Refat Chubarov. “Our goal is to establish democracy and liberty on our homeland.”

The Crimean Tatars’ vocal stance to return Crimea to Ukraine has seen strong support from Turkey. Having strong historical connections to Crimean Tatars, with the Crimean Tatar Khanate once being a vassal to the Ottoman Empire, and the largest Crimean Tatar diaspora community in the world, Turkey had unequivocally condemned the Russian occupation of Crimea.

“Turkish people understood what oppression means very well; we are going to help you reach your objectives and targets,” stated Deputy chairman of the Turkish Republicans People’s Party Murat Özçelik, speaking at the Congress. Crimean Tatars are present in almost all political parties in Turkey. “I am a daughter of Crimea and frequently express this,” Ruhsar Demirel, the first Crimean Turkish woman to be elected as a deputy to Parliament and Vice President of the Turkish Nationalist Movement Party, told the Congress.

The Deputy Premier Minister of Turkey Numan Kurtulmuş stated that safety is a priority for Turkey, and that it’s necessary to revise Russia’s role as a permanent member at the UN security council. “How can you make any safety decision when the Russian Federation will block it? We need a new solution, and need to establish a peaceful system to solve the world’s problems.”

In his message read aloud to the gathering, the Foreign Minister of Turkey Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu  stated that Turkey “will never accept the illegal occupation of Crimea, and will continue voicing discomfort with the situation.” The Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in his message noted that “the right of the Crimean Tatars to a peaceful and dignified life has been interrupted many times, the last of which is the illegal annexation of Crimea. The situation with Crimean Tatars will be the priority for Turkey in the Ukrainian crisis.”

Ukraine, in its turn, thanked the Turkish people and Crimean Tatars for their strong support for Ukrainian territorial integrity. “Ukraine will never in any circumstances accept the violation of the rights of the Crimean Tatar people to live freely on their own land,” an address of the Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko read aloud at the Congress stated. According to him, there are many representatives of the Crimean Tatars working in the Ukrainian government, and the Ukrainian parliament is working on a law regarding the indigenous peoples of Ukraine.

The Congress took place despite Moscow’s efforts to block and delegitimize the meeting. However, a number of Crimean Tatar leaders could not attend, following threats and intimidation from the authorities of occupied Crimea.

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  • Dagwood Bumstead

    Erdogan gave the dwarf hell at Baku last month, so it’s unlikely that he has made many friends in Ankara. Yet another thing the dwarf overlooked when he decided to invade and annex the Crimea,and persecute the non-Dwarfstanians: the reaction from the Turks. The dwarf is dumb, dumb, dumb.

  • Vol Ya

    Turkey needs to take an even tougher stand against the russian invasion of Crimea and Donbas. Talk is cheap. How about supplying some weapons to Ukraine. And stop any discussions with Russia about gas pipelines. Russia is not doing Turkey any favors in Syria. Turkey needs to totally boycott and isolate putin.

  • Richard Hoover

    I think it’s time to saddle up like the good old days 17 th centhry Ukraines hero Bohdan KHMELNITSKY COSSACK Hetman leader when he allied Tatars with him on many occasions…that were victories!! No matter if Tatars switched to Poland..once ..the three countries have learned from their mistakes…!the biggest lesson of alll three have in common is RUSSIAN OPPRESSION MASS MURDER and forced EXILE AND GENOCIDE of their own ethnicities!! Time to unite as one…and with all European big players and Canada USA. ENGLAND AUSTRAILA IRELAND SCOTLAND BALTIC AND E.U NATO PLAYERS ZND PUT THIS SNAKE IN HIS CAGE!!!!PUTIN TO THE HAGUE!!! LIKE MILOSOVIC…OR FATE OF MUSSOLINI..CECESCEAU HITLER!!!! DONT LET PUTIN GET AWAY WITH WHAT STALIN DID!!!

    Fry him before he eats more of Europe in his game of PR BULLSHIT AND SLOW TACTICS TO BE A PACMAN PSYCOPATH. TYRANT EATING EUROPE!