The Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today issued the following statement:
“Seventy-seven years ago, Crimean Tatars were forcibly deported by Soviet authorities from the Crimean Peninsula. The suffering of the Tatars, including hundreds of thousands of men, women and children who were displaced from their ancestral homeland, serves as a sombre, yet powerful, reminder of the injustice that continues to this day.
“Canada remains deeply concerned by the deteriorating human rights situation on the illegally annexed Crimean Peninsula. We continue to denounce Russia’s banning of the Mejlis, the self-governing body of the Crimean Tatars, and call on Russia to cease its aggressive actions in the region.
“Today, we honour the memory of the Crimean Tatar people and we reiterate that Canada will always support Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.”