Turkish foreign minister congratulates Ukraine's parliament for recognizing Crimean Tatars as indigenous people

Crimean Tatars
Canan Kevser
08 July 2021, 10:20
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Canan Kevser
08 July 2021, 10:20

Turkey’s foreign minister on Wednesday praised Ukraine’s parliament for passing a law on July 2 recognizing the Crimean Tatars as indigenous people.

Speaking at the Fourth Ukraine Reform Conference in Lithuania’s capital Vilnius, Mevlut Cavusoglu voiced Turkey’s support and solidarity with Ukraine, indicating his hope to see an independent Ukraine which relies strongly on its own people and is able to protect its sovereignty and territorial integrity.

According to the Turkish minister, overcoming the consequences of the Crimea and Donbas crises of 2014, which caused major political, security and economic challenges, will be much easier with a well-reformed Ukraine.

Stating there is still room for growth, Cavusoglu said: “Reform is a constant effort. Because change is constant. Therefore, continuity is an essential element of a successful reform agenda. However, there are always internal and external challenges before reforms.”

The top diplomat also said that to build a stronger and more independent Ukraine, more cooperation with NATO is important.

In a separate statement, Mevlut Cavusoglu said that Ankara is ready to host a future conference to show support for Ukraine’s reform efforts.

Ukraine Reform Conference

Ukraine Reform Conference brings together Ukrainian and foreign government officials, representatives of the EU, NATO, the G7, business, and civil society.

This year's event was held on July 6-7 in the capital Vilnius, jointly hosted by Lithuania and Ukraine.

It has been held before in London (2017), Copenhagen (2018) and Toronto (2019).