December 6, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine held a solemn meeting devoted to the 100th anniversary of the First Qurultay of the Crimean Tatar people.
QHA reported that the meeting was attended by the leader of the Crimean Tatar people Mustafa Dzhemilev, the Head of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people Refat Chubarov, representatives of the Crimean Tatars, the Muslim clergy, as well as the first and third presidents of Ukraine Leonid Kravchuk and Viktor Yushchenko, the leadership of the parliament, and people's deputies.
The leader of the Crimean Tatars, Commissioner of President of Ukraine on Affairs of the Crimean Tatar people Mustafa Dzhemilev spoke in Ukrainian at the solemn session of the Verkhovna Rada in honor of the 100th anniversary of the First Qurultay of the Crimean Tatar people.
The Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people Refat Chubarov, broke the ovations in the walls of the Verkhovna Rada after calling on those present in the parliament to stand up and applaud, to demonstrate support to the Crimeans, stressing that tens of thousands of people in the Crimea are waiting for their return to Ukraine.
Speaker of the Verkhovna Rada Andriy Parubiy stated that the occupation of Crimea by Russia in the twentieth century and the modern annexation of the Crimea are no different.
“Then the Bolsheviks dispersed Qurultay, and now Russia has banned the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people .... Then and now the Russian aggressor in the Crimea bans the activities of the Ukrainian and Crimean Tatar national associations,” he said.
From the hall of the Verkhovna Rada, representatives of the Crimean Tatars Ali Kadyrov, Zevri Kurbetdinov, Alma Emirsale, Nazim Memetov, Zudie Saliyeva congratulated their compatriots in the annexed Crimea.
QHA has prepared a photo report from the Verkhovna Rada where a ceremonial meeting dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the First Qurultay of the Crimean Tatar people was taking place.
The same day, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko congratulated the Crimean Tatars on the 100th anniversary of the First Qurultay. In his appeal, the head of state quoted the words of the Mufti of the Crimea, Noman Çelebicihan at the First Qurultay of the Crimean Tatar people: "On this day, our political life, which broke off a century and a half ago, finds a truly new birth."
Poroshenko noted that the current annexation of the Crimea by Russia, which dreams of imperial ambitions, once again brought hostility and fear to the peninsula, as well as oppression and repression against the Crimean Tatars, Ukrainians, representatives of other nationalities - all those who remain loyal to the Ukrainian state.
Earlier, Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymir Groysman congratulated the Crimean Tatars on the 100th anniversary of the First Qurultay of the Crimean Tatar people.
In his greetings, Groysman called the Crimean Tatars brothers and sisters.
Reference: 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.