Crimean authorities have begun direct actions to do away with the Mejlis of Crimean Tatar people, head of the Mejlis Refat Chubarov said as the members of supreme executive body of Crimean Tatars met with Remzi Ilyasov—Crimean Parliament’s deputy chairman.
According to Chubarov, “the authorities, who understand the role and the authority of the Mejlis, are trying to change its membership and its leadership”. In order to implement this plan, they “have mobilized Remzi Ilyasov, Zaur Smirnov and Teyfuk Gafarov, who are putting a pressure on the Mejlis membership and the Kurultay delegates.”
Head of Mejlis believes, that the main decision that may be made is appointing Remzi Ilyasov the head of the Mejlis, which contradicts the regulations of the Kurultay—Crimean Tatar National Parliament.
“Changing of the Mejlis’s membership and appointing a new head of the Mejlis are the competence of the Kurultay, which consists of 248 delegates. It means that all the decisions made in violation of the Kurultay regulations will be illegitimate”- Chubarov stressed.
Chubarov said he hopes Kurultay delegates, the Mejlis members as well as activists of national movement “won’t allow the principles of Crimean Tatars to be trampled down”.
The meeting, initiated by Remzi Ilyasov, was attended by Crimean Mufti Emirali Ablaev, Mejlis’s deputy head Ayder Adzhimambetov, Mejlis members Ali Khamzin, Bekir Mamutov, Dinara Seytgaziyeva, Ruslan Yakubov, Seydamet Yagyayev, as well as the head of State Committee for Interethnic Affairs and Deported Citizens Zaur Smirnov, and deputy city mayor of Simferopol Teyfuk Gafarov as well as Crimea’s Deputy Prime Minister Ruslan Balbek.
The sided have discussed “common issues of cooperation between the Mejlis of Crimean Tatar people with the government as well as participation of Mejlis in the life of Crimean Tatars, which was declared “unsatisfactory at all”.