Crimean Tatar leader Mustafa Jemilev was conferred with Polish “Solidarity Prize” award in Warsaw, June 3 for his “contribution to promoting democracy in line with the principles of solidarity”.
The award was presented by ex-president of Poland Lech Walesa and the President Bronislaw Komorowsky.
“I am happy to have the honour to award Mustafa Jemilev together with Lech Walesa. Due to this award we demonstrate our European solidarity”- Komorowsky noted.
“We thank you for, peaceful struggle and urge to carry on. This award should stimulate to this. I feel strongly you will win”- Walesa said.
Jemilev emphasized, he considered the Prize not as his personnel award, but the award to Crimean Tatar people.
“The Solidarity Prize given to a Crimean Tatar is considered as an award not to a concrete person, but award to Crimean Tatar liberation movement”- Jemilev stressed.
The ceremony was also attended by US President Barack Obama, French President Francois Hollande and newly-elected President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko, head of Mejlis of Crimean Tatar people Refat Chubarov and the others.
The award consists of three segments: 250,000 euros will go to the laureate, 700,000 euros will be assigned for Polish development aid programs named by the winner, and 50,000 euros will be presented to the laureate for a study trip around Poland, so that he can “learn more about our successful struggle for freedom.”