(QHA) -

Referendum on Crimea’s status, held on March 16, in Crimea was legitimate.

Little know head of so-called ‘federation of Crimean Tatar association in Turkey’ Unver Sel announced this at the press-conference in Simferopol.

“We watched closely the March 16 referendum and we believe it was legal, even despite of the fact it was boycotted by the majority of Crimean Tatars”- Sel said.

“We, the representatives of federation of Crimean Tatar diaspora in Turkey, support Crimea’s joining Russia”- he added.

Sel also stressed, Solidarity Prize, Crimean Tatar leader Mustafa Jemilev was conferred with in Warsaw June 3, would be of no use to Crimean Tatar people. 

Introducing his controversial federation, Sel noted it was founded in 2007 and includes 7 associations.

It should be noted, the largest and the oldest organization, that represents Crimean Tatar diaspora in Turkey is 

the Association for Culture and Mutual Assistance of Crimean Tatars (Dernek), that was founded in 1953. There are dozens of Dernek offices all over Turkey.

The Dernek opposed Crimea’s unification with Russia and expressed deep concern over Crimea Tatars’ situation in the region.