Foreign Ministry: Türkiye shares pain of Crimean Tatars and fraternal peoples of Caucasus

In Turkey, they honor the memory of the victims of the deportation of Crimean Tatars and Circassians. This is stated in the report of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkey on the occasion of the 80th anniversary of the deportation of the Crimean Tatars and the 160th anniversary of the expulsion of Circassians.

“We share the pain of the Crimean Tatars and the fraternal peoples of the Caucasus and respect their memory with respect,” the Turkish diploma said.

The department recalled that the mass deportation of the Crimean Tatars began on May 18, 1944 during the USSR.

“Exactly 80 years ago on this day, hundreds of thousands of Crimean Tatars were forcibly expelled from their homeland and sent to labor camps in various countries. Many elderly people, children and women died due to the inhuman conditions that they had to encounter” , – says in the message.

The department noted that contrary to the fact that 80 years of the rights of the Crimean Tatar people have passed, and their suffering did not stop.

“The illegal annexation of Crimea opened the door to new suffering,” the Foreign Ministry said.

The department emphasized that Turkey, as before, will continue to support the Crimean Tatars in the issue of maintaining their identity, ensuring security, well -being and well -being.

The Foreign Ministry of Turkey also attracted attention to the expulsion of the Circassian people.

“The deportation of Circassians is another tragedy that Turkey recalls with sadness. 160 years ago, May 21, the inhabitants of the Caucasus were forced to leave their homeland in very difficult conditions, many people died,” the message says.