Crimean Tatars want to return to mother tongue

Maarifçi Association said that"Since 1936 the publication in Crimean Tatar has issued on base of Cyrillic alphabet that was artificially imposed to the Turkic peoples during the totalitarian regime's period. There was the policy of Russification"

Crimean Tatars want to return to mother tongue
By World Bulletin Staff

The Maarifçi Association of Crimean Tatar Educators sent to the Parliamentary Committee on Human Rights, National Minorities and Interethnic Relations its petition with request to consider the question of approval of Roman alphabet for Crimean Tatar language.

Crimean news agency said that Maarifçi Association explained that "One of the most important tasks of the Crimean Tatar people is rebirth of its mother tongue as the main condition of the Crimean Tatar people's existence and the means to return to own roots, traditions, history and national culture".

"Since 1936 the publication in Crimean Tatar has issued on base of Cyrillic alphabet that was artificially imposed to the Turkic peoples during the totalitarian regime's period. There was the policy of Russification" — the statement reads.

The Maarifçi Association members consider there is the acute need of return to Roman alphabet inasmuch as: Cyrillic alphabet is not corresponding with the Crimean Tatar phonetics as a consequence of that the phonetics was undergone marked changes, and necessity of junction of the Crimean Tatars to the cultural heritage of Turkic world (Azerbaijan, Gagauz, Uzbek, Turkmen, Kazakh, Kyrgyz, Turkish, Tatar cultures) that is using Roman alphabet at present.
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