Executive Committee meeting started with welcoming speeches

The meeting of the Executive Committee of the World Congress of Crimean Tatars is held on July, 29 -31.

30 July 2016 15:58

Head of the Crimean Tatar Community in Eskisehir, a member of the World Congress of Crimean Tatars, Evren Oldzhay greeted the meeting of the Executive Committee of the World Congress of Crimean Tatars. He congratulated everyone on the opening of the Congress of the WCCT Executive Committee and once again said that the Crimean Tatars in Turkey support their people who currently cannot live in Crimea due to the occupation.

- We try to do everything possible to support our compatriots. It is a great pity that today we do not have one of our people with us that is Erwin Ibragimov, said Evren Oldzhay.

The Head of Odunbazary District in Eskisehir and the Head of Tepebashi District in Eskişehir also greeted all those present. The Head of Tepebashi District said that they are friends and brothers with the city of Simferopol. They had very close ties since a large number of Crimean Tatars live in Turkey. He also said that in the near future the city of Eskisehir will launch a park named after Mustafa Dzhemilev.

Every time we are talking about Crimea, we always talk about the illegal occupation. But, in our opinion, many countries have not joined the protest due to the gas dependence on Russia. But it should not be so, and this cannot be accepted. I saw our compatriots in Crimea and Simferopol and other Crimean cities. Our country is really very beautiful. The day will come when everything will be restored and fall into place, said the Head of Tepebashi District in the city of Eskişehir.

The meeting also heard the greetings from Devlet Bahceli, leader of the MHP Party in Turkey, which was read out by Rukhsara Demirel, the MHP leader in Eskisehir. In her speech, she also recalled Erwin Ibragimov.

- We were together in Lithuania, had the same tasks. Now he is not with us. The same horror we experienced a few weeks ago in Turkey - the people we knew, we shared the work and life with, have appeared to be very different and tried to infringe on our right to be a democratic country. Therefore democratic rights - this is what is necessary for all of us, regardless of the country. I want us to live in democratic countries and I want the number of people at our meetings not to decrease, but rather increase. I want Erwin Ibragimov, Ahtem Chiygoz, and all the rest of our comrades to join us, said Demirel.

The World Congress of the Crimean Tatar people (WCCT) is the body uniting the Crimean Tatars who live in their historic homeland, in Crimea, as well as in the Diasporas (Turkey, Romania, Poland, USA, Canada, Lithuania, Western Europe and Central Asia).

The first session of the World Congress of the Crimean Tatars was held on May 9, 2009 in the city of Simferopol / Akmesdzhit and was attended by 420 delegates from 13 countries with Refat Chubarov being elected the Chairman.

The second meeting, which was attended by 180 members of the Crimean Tatar public organizations from 12 countries, as well as the authorized representatives of the government circles, public organizations and media, was held on August 1-2, 2015, in Ankara. In the course of the meeting it was decided to establish the international public organization the "World Congress of the Crimean Tatars" in order to achieve international support for the national self-government bodies of the Crimean Tatar people. Refat Chubarov was re-elected the WCCT re-elected the Chairman. The Congress also re-elected the members of the Executive Committee, which included 21 representatives, and members of the Audit Commission.

Three meetings of the Executive Committee were held in Romania and Ukraine (in Kiev and in the village of Chongar, Kherson region), the fourth session was held on April, 11-13, 2016 in Vilnius (Lithuania).

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