Crimean Tatar Language to switch to Latin alphabet

Crimean Tatars
Canan Kevser
17 September 2021, 12:22
Canan Kevser
17 September 2021, 12:22

Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine supported the draft resolution “On the adoption of the Crimean Tatar alphabet based on Latin letters” prepared by the Ministry of the Reintegration of the Temporarily Occupied Territories of Ukraine.

Speaking to the Crimean News Agency, Deputy Minister of the Reintegration of the Temporarily Occupied Territories of Ukraine Snaver Seythalilev said that the decision was very important.

Snaver Seythalilev

“It is very important and symbolic because the decision to switch to Latin letters was accepted in 1991 at the Qurultay of the Crimean Tatar people as well as their self-governing body Mejlis," Seythalilev said.

According to him, the majority of Crimean Tatar linguists and instructors support this transition.

The document foresees that the Crimean Tatar alphabet will switch to Latin letters by September 1, 2025. Also, by this time, textbooks on the Crimean Tatar language will be introduced with the Latin alphabet.

Snaver Seythalilev noted that the resolution provides help for the preserving and developing of the Crimean Tatar language.

As reported earlier, the UN General Assembly proclaimed 2022‑2032 as the "International Decade of Indigenous Languages", inviting indigenous peoples — as custodians — to initiate ideas for preserving this endangered facet of their cultural and social life, as it adopted 60 resolutions and one decision recommended by its Third Committee (Social, Humanitarian and Cultural).

In April 2021, the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine approved a concept of the development of the Crimean Tatar language to improve the legislative, institutional, financial and informational basis for the development of the Crimean Tatar language.