FUEN Turkish Minorities / Communities Working Group 3rd Meeting was held in Berlin

The Third Meeting of the Federal Union of European Nationalities (FUEN) Turkish Minorities / Communities Working Group (TAG) was held on 14-17 November 2016 in Berlin, the capital of the Federal Republic of Germany. FUEN President Lorant Vincze attended to the meeting which was held in the Federal German Interior Ministry Work Building with logistical support of the FUEN Working Group of German Minorities (AGDM).

 

Turks in Kosovo and Bulgaria attended to the meeting for the first time

 

The meeting collected Turkish miniorities from different countries of Europe. Representing the Western Thrace Turkish Minority, Federation of Western Thrace Turks in Europe (ABTTF), The Friendship Equality Peace (DEB) Party and Western Thrace Minority University Graduates Association (BTAYTD), representing the Ahıska Turks, Meskhetian Turks Association of "VATAN" and "VATAN" Public Union of Ahiska Turks Living in Azerbaijan, "Bars El" for strengthening and developing Karachay-Balkar traditions on behalf of Karachay-Balkar Turks, Crimean Tatar National Assembly  representing Crimean Tatars, representing Crimean Karaims the Crimean Karaims  Union joined to the annual 3rd meeting. In addition, the Kosovo Young Association of Kosovo and the Kardzhali Turkish Culture and Art Association from Bulgaria attended to the meeting for the first time to represent Turkish minorities in the Balkans.

 

FUEN President Lorant Vincze listened to the problems of Turkish minorities/communities and pledge to support as FUEN

 

FUEN Vice President Halit Habip Oglu makes an opening speech in the beginnig of FUEN TAG 3rd Annual Meeting. Then, FUEN President Lorant Vincze informed participants about the work of FUEN and said that FUEN will continue to support Turkish minorities and communities. The representatives of the FUEN TAG member institutions thank to the support given by FUEN and they were able to transfer the problems they encountered in their countries directly to the President of FUEN and voiced the prospects of FUEN prospectively.

 

In addition, FUEN Berlin Office / FUEN AGDM Coordination Officer Eva Adel Penzes participated in the meeting and presented the work of FUEN AGDM.

 

Participants shared the right to learn mother language and the problems they have with the mother language

 

In the first session participants of the organizations made a presentations about their activities in their minorities / communities which was held last year. Cengiz Kovac, President of the Kosovo Young Alliance Association and Seyhan Hilmi Mehmet, Vice-President of the Kardzhali Turkish Culture and Art Association from Bulgaria who is not yet a member of the FUEN, attended in a meeting. They introduced the Turks in the historical framework in Kosovo and Bulgaria and they convey the problems they face in the countries they live in.

 

In the session titled " Right to learn Native language and Education in Native language", Mevlüt Işık, Press Counsel of  "VATAN" Public Union of Ahiska Turks Living in Azerbaijan, Mehmet Mehmet , Secretary General of BTAYTD and Elvin Kadyrov from the Crimean Tatar National Assembly made presentations on education in the  mother language. Participants shared the right to learn native languages ​​and education in the mother tongue in the countries where they live in and shared their activities with the civil society representatives on the protection of the mother language and the education on the mother language.

 

FUEN TAG Regulation has been accepted with voting coalition

 

FUEN Vice-President Halit Habip oglu made a presentation about regulation changes and workgroup regulations in the 2015 Congress of FUEN. Following the presentation, the regulations issued by FUEN were read individually and presented to the participants for approval. As a result of the evaluations made, FUEN TAG regulation was unanimously accepted. The meeting was ended after  the participants' opinions and proposals about the activities of the year  of 2017 and the road map were discussed.

 

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II. Annual Meeting of FUEN TAG took place in Baku

II. Annual meeting of the Working Group of Turkic Minorities (TAG) of Federal Union of European Nationalities (FUEN) took place in Baku/Azerbaijan during 9-12 November 2015. The meeting was hosted by the Association of Meskhetian Turks in Azerbaijan VATAN. The first meeting of FUEN TAG, which was established in 2013, was organized in Ankara in 2014. 

 

The following associations that are the members of FUEN TAG attended the meeting in Baku; ABTTF, Friendship, Equality, Peace (FEP) Party, Western Thrace Minority University Graduates Association, Rhodes, Kos and the Dodecanese Turks Culture and Solidarity Association, International Society of Meskhetian Turks "Vatan”, Association of Meskhetian Turks in Azerbaijan "Vatan”, Bars El: Social Organisation for Fostering and Development of the Karachay-Balkar Traditions, Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People and Association of Crimean Karaites "Krymkarailar”. Besides, non-member Association of Kumuk Turks who represents the Kumuk Turks in Russian Federation also participated to the meeting.

 

The FUEN TAG delegation had the chance to visit several historical and cultural venues on the first day. After paying a visit to the grave of Azerbaijan’s Previous President Haydar Aliyev, the delegation met Prof. Dr. Kamil Güneş who is the Religious Affairs Director at the Turkish Embassy in Baku. The group then toured around Şirvanşahlar Palace and then came together with HE Kamal Abdullayev, the Azerbaijani State Counsellor of Multiculturalism, Inter-ethnic and Religious Affairs. FUEN Vice-President Halit Habip Oğlu shortly informed him about the works of FUEN and FUEN TAG. 

 

During the roundtable meeting on 11 November 2015, FUEN Vice-President Halit Habip Oğlu performed a presentation on the works carried out by FUEN TAG during the previous year. Following his speech, all participating minorities/communities took the floor and gave information about the developments during last year regarding their communities. Having attended for the first time to the meeting, Mr Ramazan Alpaut who is the President of Association of Kumuk Turks introduced the history and culture of Kumuk Turks in general together with other Turkic communities in the Russian territory.  

 

The President of the hosting organisation, Association of Meskhetian Turks in Azerbaijan "Vatan”, Mr İbrahim Ziyaoğlu raised the issue of the long-lasting problem of repatriation of Meskhetian Turks to Georgia in the second part of the meeting and emphasised that the works of FUEN TAG on international arena had been of great importance. In this session, all representatives expressed their expectations from FUEN and gave their opinions on collaboration possibilities. The issue of how to strengthen the solidarity amongst the members of FUEN TAG was discussed and accordingly, strategies have been formulated for 2016. 

 

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FUEN Working Group of the Turkic Minorities met for the first time during the founding event in Ankara

The first annual meeting of the Working Group of the Turkic Minorities under the umbrella of FUEN took place from 20 until 23 November in Ankara, Turkey. FUEN President Hans Heinrich Hansen and FUEN Vice-President Halit Habip Oğlu honoured the meeting with their presence. 

 

The event, which brought together ten presidents or other high-level representatives from the FUEN member organisations that represent the Turkic minority groups in Europe, began with visits to historical and cultural places in Ankara and was followed by a visit to Ambassador Ali Naci Koru, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkey. This first annual meeting is seen as a milestone for the Turkic minorities in Europe as they, for the first time, had the chance to come together and get aware of their problems/demands in the same platform.

 

The participating Turkic minority organisations were the Federation of Western Thrace Turks in Europe (ABTTF) from Germany; the Friendship, Equality and Peace Party (DEB) and the Western Thrace Minority University Graduates Association (BTAYTD) from Greece; the Rhodes, Kos and the Dodecanese Turks Culture and Solidarity Association from Turkey; the International Society of Meshketian Turks “VATAN” and the Social Organisation for Fostering and Development of the Karachay-Balkar Traditions “Bars El” from Russia; the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People and the Association of Crimean Karaites from Ukraine and the Association of Meskhetian Turks “VATAN” from Azerbaijan.

 

The Working Group of the Turkic Minorities forms the third subgroup under the umbrella of FUEN after the Working Groups of the German and Slavic Minorities that were established much earlier already. For the time being, the Working Group of the Turkic Minorities is planning to meet once a year and the venue for the next event in 2015 will be decided later. 

 

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