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.

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