Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Ahmet Davutoğlu met with former Chairman of the National Assembly of the Crimean Tatar People and Ukrainian Parliament Member, Mustafa Kırımoğlu on March 17, 2014 in Ankara.
Current situation in Crimea and the steps to be taken with a view to enabling Crimean Tatar community to come out of the crisis without getting harmed and to overcoming the crisis were discussed during the meeting.
Speaking at the joint press conference following the meeting, Foreign Minister Davutoğlu stated that with respect to important developments in Ukraine and especially Crimea which is the homeland of Crimean Tatar people, Turkey has been in consultation with all related parties.
Emphasizing that Turkey clearly sets forth its principal position concerning the current developments in every platform, Foreign Minister Davutoğlu said that in this context, Turkey’s priorities are that the territorial integrity of Ukraine should be protected in accordance with international law; a government should be established representing all groups in Ukraine which has a multinational structure and the autonomy of Crimean Tatar people should be secured as well as peaceful coexistence of all groups in Crimea should be assured.
Describing the referendum held in Crimea yesterday as a fait accompli, Foreign Minister Davutoğlu underlined that the referendum is unacceptable in respect of its results and its implementation. He pointed out that the referendum is illegitimate.
Calling on all parties to act with common sense, Foreign Minister Davutoğlu emphasized that in this critical process, it is of importance that all parties should act responsibly and refrain from unilateral actions, particularly provocations which could escalate the crisis as well as should continue to find a solution to the crisis on the basis of diplomacy, law and legitimacy.
Stressing that the crisis in Ukraine will have negative effects on security and stability of not only Ukraine and Crimea but also the whole region particularly the Black Sea basin Foreign Minister Davutoğlu reiterated his expectation that a solution should be found to the crisis in Ukraine on the basis of this country’s independence, sovereignty, political unity and territorial integrity, within the framework of dialogue and compromise, and in accordance with law and international agreements.
Foreign Minister Davutoğlu said that Turkey will continue to contribute to these efforts and to enable Crimean Tatar Turks to live in peace with other groups in Crimea under equal conditions.