The Foreign Ministry of Ukraine has called Ambassador of Portugal António Machado for discussion of Portugal’s position in the context of the upcoming statement of the EU in the OSCE toward the violation of human rights in the territory of occupied Crimea as the ministry reported.
The ambassador was called after mass media published information that Portugal blocked the memory of the 77th anniversary of the deportation of Crimean Tatars in the EU statement on Crimea.
“First Deputy Ministry informed the ambassador in details about tragic events of 1944 when innocent representatives of Crimean Tatars fell under forcible deportation organized by Soviet totalitarian regime. Emine Dzhaparova noted, unfortunately, today, at the worst traditions of the Soviet Union, the occupation administration continues repressions against Crimean Tatars in temporarily occupied Crimea resorting to unprecedented violations of the human rights,” the message said.
Besides, Dzhaparova expressed hope that Portugal as co-chairing EU state will recognize the importance for the EU, as a community based on values and democracy, to dully honor the victims of the Soviet totalitarian regime and of the modern times, and would strongly condemn such crimes.
Emine Dzhaparova noted that the EU has consistently acted as a reliable and constructive partner of Ukraine in its statements within the OSCE. In this regard, she said that the Ukrainian side is sincerely grateful to all foreign partners who made statements on the occasion of the anniversary of the deportation of the Crimean Tatar people from Crimea.
"I am convinced that in building a better future based on common values of democracy, freedom, human dignity, the rule of law, and respect for human rights, we must not forget important lessons from the past, such as the deportation of Crimean Tatars by the Stalinist regime 77 years ago," First Deputy Minister stressed.
From his side, the ambassador stated that Portugal consistently supports the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine within its internationally recognized borders. Moreover, António Machado noted the importance of the spread of truth about crimes of the past and modern times and honoring of victims.
Annually, on May 18, Ukraine marks the Day of Remembrance for the victims of the Crimean Tatar genocide. In 1944, this day became a tragedy for 238,500 people. On this day, the Soviet regime deported Tatars from the Crimean peninsula deep to the mainland – Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and Tadzhikistan. Small groups of people were sent to Mari Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic, Ural and Kostroma Oblast in Russia.