Crimean Tatars still face dangers, leader says

The assembly head said that Crimean Tatars were planning to organize an international conference to voice their problems.

Crimean Tatars still face dangers, leader says

Mustafa Abdulcemil Kirimoglu, chairman of the Crimean Tatar National Assembly, said on Thursday that Crimean Tatars were still faced with the danger of extinction and assimilation.

Kirimoglu, who is currently in Turkey on a formal visit, got together with a group of Crimean Tatars in the Turkish capital of Ankara.

Speaking at the gathering, Kirimoglu said he had the opportunity to express the problems of Crimean Tatars during his recent talks with Turkish President Abdullah Gul, Parliament Speaker Mehmet Ali Sahin, State Minister & Deputy Premier Bulent Arinc and State Minister Faruk Celik.

Noting that Crimean Tatars struggled with numerous social problems such as the territory issue, water and natural gas, Kirimoglu said education was the biggest problem for his community at the moment.

"Our most important concern is to protect ourselves as a community and to have education in our native language. New generations of Crimean Tatars do not even know the simplest words nowadays. Crimean Tatars are still faced with the danger of extinction and assimilation," he said.

Kirimoglu noted that Turkey had extended the biggest support to Crimean Tatars after the Ukrainian state, adding his community's problems multiplied with the new pro-Russian government of Ukraine.

The assembly head said that Crimean Tatars were planning to organize an international conference to voice their problems.


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