May 18 has become a symbol of a huge disaster not only for the Crimean Tatar people, but also for the history of all mankind and the Turkic world, according to the official statement of the Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu in connection with today's mourning rally in Ankara to the 73rd anniversary of the deportation of Crimean Tatars on May 18, 1944.
“Today we regretfully remember the 73rd anniversary of those events when the Crimean Tatars were torn from their homeland and deported. May 18 is a symbol of a huge disaster not only for the Crimean Tatar people, but also for the history of all mankind and the Turkic world. All the pain experienced in the years of Deportation still lives in our memory. And our task is not to forget and not let it be forgotten, so that such a tragedy would never happen again.
We, Turkey, have always been close to our Crimean Tatar compatriots. Doing our best, we sought to support them in difficult times. One of our fundamental features is ensuring the peace, prosperity and security of our Crimean brothers. And Turkey will continue to support the Crimean Tatars.
With bitterness, I would like to commemorate the memory of our brothers and sisters who died during the deportation and expulsion.”
Earlier, QHA reported, that on the initiative of the Platform of Crimean Tatar Organizations in Turkey May 13 at 13:00 in the Anadolu Square in Ankara a mourning rally began for the 73rd anniversary of the deportation of the Crimean Tatars on May 18, 1944.