President of Kabardino-Balkaria Republic in the Northern Caucasus elected honorary president
President Valere Kokov recently accepted the position of honorary president of the World Circassian Society. Also appearing are members of a WCS delegation at audience by president Kokov.
Mr Fathi Radjab is the Circassian representative at the UNPO
The Circassians are descendants of the old pre-Indo-Europeans of the first millennium B.C. and emerged as one people in the 10th century with their own distinctive culture and language. The Circassians, under Ottoman and Russian Empire rule, as well as under Soviet rule survived along the shores of the Black Sea. Today, there are about 400 000 Circassians living in the small republic of Kabardino-Balkaria, and less in the Northern Caucasus republics of Karachai-Cherkessia and Adygei.
The vast majority of Circassians were at several occasions in their history, forced to flee their homeland and more than 2 million live in Turkey and about 100 000 in Jordan, Syria, Israel, the United States and Europe. The content of a Convention between the empires of Russia and Ottoman (Turkey) signed in 1828, in Adrene, indicate that Turkey gave Circassia to Russia. However, Circassia has never been part of the Ottoman Empire, thus constituting an illegal act whereby the Circassian's right to self-determination was violated.
The World Circassian Society, with its headquarters in Chevkessk, became a member of the UNPO in 1994.