: Ukraine's leader attends the first ever UN World Humanitarian Summit in Turkey

10:35 May. 23, 2016

Ukraine's leader attends the first ever UN World Humanitarian Summit in Turkey

Attendees arrive at Istanbul Congress Centre on the first day of the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul, Turkey on May 23, 2016 (Getty Images)

Problems of Crimean Tatars and Russian annexation top Poroshenko's agenda

Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko takes part in the first ever United Nations World Humanitarian Organization Summit, which takes place in Istanbul, Tureky, on May 23-24.

The Summit is an initiative of the U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. It is the first event of its kind in the 70-year history of the U.N., making a direct call to world leaders to rally together and commit to ending human suffering by addressing the most urgent humanitarian challenges.  

According to preliminary information, Poroshenko will speak at the Summit plenary session, where he will address the problems of Crimean Tatars.

Earlier, the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights called on Kremlin to stop persecuting Crimean Tatars. This statement was made after the Russian-occupation authorities in Crimea banned the holding of ceremonies in memory of genocide victims.

Read also Deportation of Crimean Tatars in 1944 must be recognised as genocide - Ukraine

The event will also be attended by Mustafa Dzhemilev, Commissioner of Ukraine's President for Crimean Tatars' affairs, and Mejlis head Refat Chubarov.

Last week, Ukraine and Turkey became military partners. Ukraine and Turkey also agreed on partnership in the aviation industry and development of space technologies - the countries are ready to develop and produce new passenger and cargo planes on the basis of Ukrainian concern Antonov.


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