After the change of power in the Central Asian country, the introduction of a liberal policy began, Namık Kemal Bayar noted
The member of the board of the Crimean Tatar Association of Mutual Aid Namık Kemal Bayar expressed the hope that the new leadership of Uzbekistan will not prevent the return of the Crimean Tatars to their homeland. Bayar made a corresponding statement in a comment to QHA during the meeting of the executive committee of the World Congress of Crimean Tatars, which was held in Kyiv on July 21.
According to Bayar, Tashkent began to pursue a more liberal policy.
In particular, this has affected the bilateral relations between Uzbekistan and Turkey.
“We believe that the new government of Uzbekistan is pursuing a more liberal policy. And the relations between Turkey and Uzbekistan warmed. Turks, Uzbeks, Crimean Tatars are close peoples, because we are all part of the Turkic world. We hope that the new government will not prevent the Crimean Tatars from leaving," he said.
Bayar further noted that about 100 thousand Crimean Tatars reside in Uzbekistan, which is about 20% of the total Crimean Tatar people living in the expanses of the former USSR.
"That's why the representative of Uzbekistan is present at the meeting of the Executive Committee of the World Congress of Crimean Tatars," Bayar explained.
Earlier, mass purges took place in the Ministry of Defense of Uzbekistan.