President Gul presents Crimean Tatar leader Republican medal

ISTANBUL (CIHAN)- Former leader of the Crimean Tatar community Mustafa Abdulcemil KIrImoIlu was awarded the Order of the Republic Medal of Turkey in an official ceremony at the Çankaya presidential palace in Ankara on Tuesday.

President Abdullah Gul presented the prestigious medal to KIrImoIlu in a symbolic gesture to demonstrate Turkey’s deep commitment to the well-being of the Tatars, an ethnic Turkic minority of the Crimean Peninsula, as political turmoil and uncertainty continue to grip Ukraine amid signs of possible further Russian incursion into the eastern part of the country.

Speaking during the event, Gul stated that they plan to present the medal two years ago, but they had to postpone the plan due to tension which broke out in Ukraine last year.


Tuesday, April 15, 2014 SOURCE: CIHAN
Gul with KIrImoIlu
Speech by Gul
Speech by KIrImoIlu
Medal presented
Group photo taken

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