The World Congress of Crimean Tatars, as well as many politicians and organizations, have expressed gratitude to the Republic of Turkey and its founder Mustafa Kemal Atatürk on the 78-th anniversary of his death.
In connection with such an important day in the life of every Turkish citizen, the WCCT issued a statement, referring to the historical ties of the Crimean Tatar people and Turkey:
We also honor the memory of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk - the founder of the Turkish Republic, which is home to the most populous Diaspora of our people.
The Crimean Tatars, who migrated to Turkey after the occupation of the Crimea in 1783, were proud and honorable to fight for the liberation of the southern lands under the leadership of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk in the War for Independence of the Republic. The struggle of Atatürk for freedom and the bright future of the Turkish nation is a unique precedent for the Turkish people and the whole world.
Crimean Tatars all over the world are connected with the Turkish Republic founded by Mustafa Kemal Atatürk by strong bonds of love and brotherhood.
The World Congress of the Crimean Tatars
Today, at the Embassy of Turkey in Ukraine, representatives of Turkish Diaspora and Ambassador Yönet Can Tezel have also paid tribute to the founder of the Turkish Republic Mustafa Kemal Atatürk.
November 10, 1938, the first President and founder of the Republic of Turkey Mustafa Kemal Atatürk perished. Since then, every year on this day exactly at 9:05 am (the exact time of his death), the Turkish nation honors the memory of Atatürk observing a minute’s silence.
Mustafa Kemal Atatürk is not only initiated the establishment of the Republic, but also implemented a number of extremely important for the country reforms in the political, cultural, educational and social spheres. Due to his policy, he became the greatest authority for the Turkish nation.
Many books, articles and conferences are devoted to the life and activity of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk.