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Coordinator of the Turkish Agency for Mutual Assistance and Coordination of the Republic of Turkey in Ukraine and Crimea (TİKA) Haсi Bayram Bolat completes his duties in Ukraine.

During the farewell meeting in the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people in Kyiv, Haci Bayram Bolat, the leadership and members of the Mejlis discussed the results of the last seven years of work, as well as projects that are planned to be implemented in the future, the QHA correspondent reports.

Mustafa Dzhemilev and Refat Chubarov handed over symbolic gratitude to Haci Bayram Bolat for many years of fruitful activity in Ukraine on behalf of the Crimean Tatar people.

Refat Chubarov thanked the TİKA Coordinator for the implementation of numerous projects in the socio-cultural sphere both for the benefit of the Crimean Tatar people and the whole of Ukraine.

TİKA has been working in Ukraine since 1997. Since the beginning of its work, the organization has implemented about five hundred projects in the country.

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Haci Bayram Bolat worked in Ukraine for seven years. He spoke about the TİKA projects in Ukraine which were the most memorable for him.

“The most memorable projects for me are the restoration projects of Zincirli Madrasa and the project on the restoration of the Mausoleum of Haci Gerai. For me, the implementation of projects for the repair and reconstruction of the Crimean Tatar national schools is also important. In addition, research and Crimean Tatar cultural centers were established at universities named after famous Crimean Tatar figures - Ismail Gasprinsky and Bekir Choban-zade.”

According to the Coordinator of TİKA, last year the budget of projects in Ukraine amounted to 2.5 million dollars, and the total for the implementation of Ukrainian projects was 40 million dollars.

Socio-cultural and educational projects were implemented in Ivano-Frankivsk University and in a number of cities and towns in western Ukraine, as well as in Odesa and Kherson regions, Kharkiv, Zaporizhya, and Mykolaiv.

Moreover, TİKA funded the renovation, insulation and purchase of new modern equipment for children's hospitals, schools, kindergartens in different cities of Ukraine. Among the nearest significant projects is the reconstruction of the Crimean House in Kyiv, within which it is expected to repair and restore the premises, purchase new furniture and office equipment.

“We plan to continue implementing many projects throughout Ukraine,” Bolat emphasized.

He went on saying that TİKA will definitely renew its projects in Crimea after de-occupation. And he further noted that Ukraine will forever remain in his heart.

“I will never forget Ukraine and Kyiv. Ukraine is like paradise. Kyiv is the center of cultures. I visited various parts of Ukraine - from the east to the west, from the north to the south, and visited almost all regions of Ukraine. They are all important to me.”

Haci Bayram Bolat also said that after returning to Turkey, he plans to continue working in the central office of the organization in Ankara. A new TİKA Coordinator in Ukraine will be appointed in the near future.

The Deputy Head of the Mejlis, Akhtem Chiygoz, in an interview with journalists added that the relationship with TİKA has a long history that began before the occupation of the Crimea. Due to the annexation, the programs on the peninsula were terminated and partially transferred to mainland Ukraine.

Chiygoz also stressed the existence of fruitful cooperation between Ukraine and Turkey in various fields. He added that the active work of the Turkish State Agency for Mutual Assistance and Coordination further strengthens this cooperation. The Deputy Head of the Mejlis highlighted the cooperation of the two countries in the military sphere and at international sites, where Turkey unconditionally supports the territorial integrity of Ukraine, and also condemns the terror that Russia is waging in the occupied Crimea against the Crimean Tatars and Ukrainians.

“We have a good and deep relationship with Turkey. And a significant role in this is played by the Crimean Tatars. We have a very serious, reliable friend in the face of Turkey. With its support, Turkey is increasing the number of supporters of Ukraine at international platforms,” Chiygoz emphasizes.

The Mutual Aid and Coordination Agency of the Republic of Turkey was opened in 1992. Today, its offices operate in more than 100 countries around the world. The TİKA Coordination Office in Ukraine has been operating since 1997 and implements projects in various fields, such as health care, education, social infrastructure, protection of cultural heritage, and the development of institutional capacities.

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