Crimean Tatars have become foreigners in their own homeland: Jemilev

9 May 2014 08:54

Crimean Tatars have become foreigners in their own homeland.

Crimean Tatar leader Mustafa Jemilev said this at the OSCE meeting in Vienna May 8.

Following Russia's annexation of Crimea, that was not recognized by international community and Kyiv, the population has been given the choice of taking Russian citizenship.

But Jemilev insisted that Crimean Tatars were being effectively forced from their homes, AFP reports.

"There is an emerging trend to evict those Crimean Tatars out of Crimea who refuse to recognise the annexation. Crimean Tatars are being forced into the situation where they would rather leave their homeland"- he said. The indigenous people of Crimea have become foreigners in their own homeland"- he noted.

Amid reports that Moscow plans to disband the Mejlis Jemilev said there were no specific signs yet but "you can expect everything from the occupying power."

To recall, Mustafa Jemilev was banned from entering Crimea by local authorities for 5 years.