The meeting of Andreas Michaelis, Political Director of the Federal Foreign Office of Germany and coordinator of negotiations on Ukraine in Normandy format, and Refat Chubarov, deputy of Ukraine and Chairman of Mejlis of Crimean Tatars, was held at the Mejlis representation office in Kyiv on September 9, 2015.
According to Andreas Michaelis, the Federal Republic of Germany will always endeavor to protect the rights of the Crimean Tatars and talk about their problems in all international bodies.
The honorable guest was accompanied by Dr. Chistoph Weil, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to Ukraine, and the Embassy staff. The foreign notables were interested in situation on the Crimean peninsula and problems the Crimean Tatars currently face.
Refat Chubarov told in detail the honorable guests about the events that took place one and half years ago, and connected with annexation of Crimea by Russia, the activities of Mejlis, peaceful actions carried out by Crimean Tatars throughout the Crimea. Referring to the current situation on the peninsula and the latest events, the head of Mejlis expressed a special concern about human rights and security of the Crimean Tatars being the most vulnerable and unprotected part of population in Crimea.
“We have observed the cases of our fellow-citizens disappearance in Crimea for the last year and a half. Some of the missing people were found dead. The Crimean Tatars, including Ahtem Chiygoz, Deputy Chairman of Mejlis, Mustafa Degermendshy and Ali Asanov, are detained and in prison now on a charge of organization and participation in a rally outside the building of the Supreme Council of Crimea on February 26, 2014.
Our Crimean activists are subject to prosecution and pressure in occupied Crimea. We believed that all disappearances and murders left in the past. Unfortunately, we have received information about tragic murders and disappearance of our countrymen for the last two weeks,” said Refat Chubarov.
He also stressed that the European countries and, especially the leading ones, such as Germany, should put more emphasis on situation with Crimean Tatars, most of whom left in their Motherland, in Crimea.