KYIV (QHA) -

The leader of the Crimean Tatar people, the Commissioner of the President of Ukraine on Affairs of the Crimean Tatar people Mustafa Dzhemilev at the solemn session of the Verkhovna Rada in honor of the 100th anniversary of the First Qurultay of the Crimean Tatar people, spoke in the Ukrainian language.

We note that Dzhemilev usually speaks in Russian.

QHA correspondent reports, that during the speech, the leader of the Crimean Tatar people switched to the Crimean Tatar language.

"Now thousands of our citizens in Crimea are watching the broadcast, so I would like to speak in the Crimean Tatar language, but since not all people in this hall know the Crimean Tatar language, I will not very much deviate from the original text," he said.

In his speech, Dzhemilev told that after the collapse of the USSR, Russian secret services worked to split and discredit the Crimean Tatar people, and also attempted to intimidate the citizens of Ukraine with the alleged separatism of the Crimean Tatars.

“All the years after the collapse of the USSR, Russian secret services and propaganda apparatus were working to discredit the Crimean Tatars' system of national self-government and introduce divisions among the Crimean Tatar environment. The pro-Russian media constantly attempted to intimidate the Crimean and Ukrainian people with the alleged separatist intentions of the Crimean Tatars, accusing them of plans to separate from Ukraine and join Turkey, and even in attempts to create a second Chechnya in Crimea or in the intentions to follow Kosovo's example,” he noted.

Dzhemilev regretted that due to the strong post-Soviet pro-Russian lobby, Ukraine did not recognize the Qurultay of the Crimean Tatar people, although it proclaimed a course to returning the Crimea and restoring the rights of the Crimean Tatar people.

“Despite the expectations of the Crimean Tatars, Qurultay was not recognized by Ukraine, although Ukraine, from the very first days of its independence, proclaimed a course for the return of the Crimean Tatar people and the restoration of all their rights. The main thing was the reluctance to cause dissatisfaction with the pro-Russian population and Russia itself," he said.

QHA reported that the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine is celebrating the 100th anniversary of the First Qurultay of the Crimean Tatar people.

Earlier, the museum of money of the National Bank of Ukraine hosted a presentation of a commemorative coin in honor of the 100th anniversary of the First Qurultay, a national congress of the Crimean Tatar people, which took place in November 1917.

The First Qurultay of the Crimean Tatar people was opened on November 26 (December 9th in a new style) in 1917 in the Khans palace in Bakhchysarai. It proclaimed the creation of the Crimean People's Republic, adopted its Constitution and state symbols, after which declared itself the parliament of the Crimean People's Republic. The government was headed by Noman Çelebicihan.

The Second Qurultay was convened already in 1991, two years after the mass return of the Crimean Tatars from the places where they lived after the deportation of 1944.

QHA