FUEN is one of the largest international organizations of national minorities in Europe including 90 members representing the interests of different nations. The meeting in Baku was attended by Kumyks, Meskhetian Turks, Kabardino-Balkaria, Crimean Tatars, Karachai-Cherkezov and Turks residing in Greece.
Elvin Kadyrov, a spokesman with the Crimean Tatars, told a meeting about people’s problems in the Russia-occupied Crimea and mainland Ukraine.
Participants of the FUEN meeting in Baku, Nov 9-12, 2015.
After a brief historical reference and clarification of issues, Elvin received a lot of questions from the Turkish representatives that indicates the participants’ interest in the Crimean Tatar problems.
At the end, the working group discussed the place and date of the next meeting with Moscow being proposed to be the next venue.
- Our unique and principled position changed this decision; we called on all representatives of the Turkic organizations to understand the situation. I proposed to hold the next meeting of the Turkic working group of Federal Union of European Nationalities (FUEN) in Kiev, and the proposal was supported, Elvin Kadyrov told the QHA ( Crimean news agency).
FUEN is the European organization of the autochthonous national minorities / ethnic groups in Europe. In 2014, it included 90 member organizations with 400 European minorities being only in Europe. Every seventh European citizen is a member of the indigenous minority and speaks the regional or minority language.
FUEN was founded more than 65 years ago in Paris with the aim to provide aid and protection to the interests of the European ethnic minorities, the situation and problems of which are highly heterogeneous and depend on this or that country.