Turkish President Erdogan Urges for Protection of CRIMEAN MUSLIM TATARS

2015-03-26 09:39:50 | Al Muslim News
Turkish President Erdogan Urges for Protection of CRIMEAN MUSLIM TATARS


Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan offered a $50 million loan to Ukraine and called for the rights of Muslim Crimean Tatars to be protected during his visit to Kiev, capital of Black sea country Ukraine. In a joint press conference with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, Erdogan said Turkey was also offering $10 million in humanitarian assistance on top of the loan, which is meant to help Ukraine cover its budget deficit. "We also wish for the continuation of Ukraine’s stance of protecting the rights of all ethnic and religious minorities, especially Crimean Tatar Turks, who have proved their loyalty to their country during this crisis," Turkish President Erdogan said.. Turks have close kinship bonds with the Muslim Tatar minority in Crimea, the Black Sea peninsula Russia annexed from Ukraine a year ago. Erdogan has repeatedly warned that the instability could have regional repercussion. Crimean Tatars are a Turk ethnic people that formed in the Crimean Peninsula in the 13th-17th centuries, mainly from the Turkic tribes. Crimean Tatars constituted the majority of Crimea's population from the time of its ethno genesis until mid-19th century. In 1944, the Soviet Union ordered the removal of the Tatar majority population from Crimea, including the families of Crimean Tatars serving in the Soviet Army - in trains and boxcars to Central Asia, mainly to Uzbekistan. In 1989 the USSR Parliament condemned the removal of Crimean Tatars from their motherland as inhumane and lawless. Today, as minority, Crimean Tatars constitute only 12% of the population of Crimea. There remains a large diaspora of Crimean Tatars in Uzbekistan and Turkey . Erdogan expressed hope that Ukraine would also continue to support and protect the rights of all ethnic and religious groups, including the Crimean Tatars. There are an estimated 500,000 Muslims in Ukraine and about 300,000 of them were of Crimean Tatars live in Crimea.


Tags: #Crimean-Tatars #Turkey #Crimea #

Latest News

What to Next

Kashmiris protest atrocities against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar

Dozens of activists staged a demonstration in the capital of Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) on Tuesday to condemn the alleged violence and discriminatio... More

Haj success opens way for talks with Saudi: Iran

Iran thanked Saudi Arabia on Tuesday for its handling of the Haj operations, saying it opened the way for negotiations between the regional rivals. ... More

North Korea nuclear test more powerful than estimated: Japan

Japan's defence minister on Tuesday said North Korea's latest nuclear test was more powerful than initially estimated, with a yield that was a... More

More than 120000 Rohingyas entered Bangladesh in past 11 days: UN report

Nearly 125,000 mostly Rohingya refugees have entered Bangladesh since a fresh upsurge of violence in Myanmar on August 25, the United Nations (UN) sai... More

Myanmar Suu Kyi slams "misinformation"over Rohingya crisis

Myanmar's de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Wednesday alleged a “huge iceberg of misinformation” was distorting the picture of the R... More

Death toll from South Asia flooding tops 1,000

NEW DELHI: The death toll from floods sweeping South Asia has climbed above 1,000, officials said on Thursday, as rescue teams try to reach ... More

Shia mosque in Kabul under attack by gunmen, says Afghan official

A Shia mosque in Kabul is under attack as gunmen stormed the mosque while worshippers were at prayers, according to an Afghan official on Friday. K... More

Top US general in Afghanistan claims Taliban cannot win war

KABUL: The top US military commander in Afghanistan said on Thursday President Donald Trump’s new strategy is a sign of a long-term co... More

Russian foreign minister says US ready to continue talks

MOSCOW: Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Sunday he believed his US colleagues were ready to continue dialogue with Moscow on complex iss... More

BJP keen to amend law on permanent residence in held Kashmir

NEW DELHI: Away from the attention that Article 370 attracts, some members and supporters of the Bha­ratiya Janata Party (BJP) are steadily pushin... More