Jul 01, 2011

Crimean Tatars: Mission To Berlin Continues Dialogue With EU

A  delegation of the Majlis of the Crimean Tatar People has completed a diplomatic mission to Berlin at the same time as a conference on the Crimean Tatars is held in Brussels - testament to increasing levels of dialogue within the EU on the situation in Crimea.

Below is an article published by QHA

A delegation of the Majlis of the Crimean Tatar people headed by the Chairman of the Majlis, MP Mustafa Cemil, has been on an official visit to Germany [26 – 27 June 2011]. The delegation included the President of the World Congress of Crimean Tatars, First Vice-Chairman of the Majlis of the Crimean Tatar people Refat Çubar, the Chief of Foreign Relations Division of the Majlis Ali Hamzin, researcher of modern ethnic and political processes on the post-Soviet territory Prof. Svetlana Chervonaya and Assistant Chairman of the Majlis of the Crimean Tatar people Liliya Muslim.

The visit was part of implementation of the programme project ‘German-Crimean Tatar Dialog’ on invitation of the German Association on Contribution of the Eastern Europe.

“Assistance in the preparation of the programme of the visit and its implementation was rendered by a number of German NGOs: Society for Threatened Peoples, Institute for Caucasica-, Taurica- and Turkestan Studies, Tatarlar Deutschland and Association TAMGA,” the Majlis’s press service reported.

During a two-day working visit, the delegation of the Majlis of the Crimean Tatar people held official meetings with the members of the German Bundestag representing various parliamentary factions and groups, representatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of the Internal Affairs of Germany, diplomats accredited in Germany, as well as experts of German non-governmental organizations, foundations and public initiatives.

The visit ended with a dinner at the European Academy, where after the presentation by Mustafa Cemil participants had an opportunity to receive answers to the questions relating to Crimea and the Crimean Tatar issue and express opinion on a range of topics discussed.

Successful implementation of the itinerary of the visit to Germany was due to organizational and technical support of a member of the Coordination Council of the World Congress of Crimean Tatars, member of the Majlis in Germany Ahmet Özay, Head of the Association of Culture and Mutual Aid for the Crimean Tatars in Western Europe Rafet Karanlık, activists of the Crimean Tatar Diaspora in Germany, businessman from Cologne (Germany) Abdullah Yücesan and others.

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