Turkey's FM calls for Ukraine unity

7 May 2014 10:36

Ukraine's unity and territorial integrity must be protected at all costs, Turkey's foreign minister said Tuesday, World bulletin reports.

"While protecting its unity, the Ukrainian government should take steps to make reforms that would give rights to all of its people with different ethnic and linguistic backgrounds," Ahmet Davutoglu said in a Council of Europe meeting in Vienna.

He said the upcoming presidential election on May 25 could create an opportunity to make these reforms.

Regarding the situation of the Crimean Tatar community, the minister stressed that Crimea is the homeland of Crimean Tatars.

"Once upon a time when many of the peoples represented around this table were not inhabiting their current lands, Crimean Tatars were there in Crimea. Therefore, their rights must be looked after."