KYIV (QHA) -

A member of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People Gayana Yuksel voiced her own stance on the initiative by the so-called Crimean authorities to create a National-Cultural Autonomy (NCA) of the Crimean Tatars.

- The idea to create the NCA of the Crimean Tatars, which elates those Crimean Tatars who are close to the authorities on the peninsula, means creating another one organization that will claim it is a representative body of the entire Crimean Tatar people. Similar organizations have already been established in Crimea for Armenians, Bulgarians, Germans, and now they’ve decided to take on the Crimean Tatars. However, the NCA will not tackle any problems with the restoration of the people’s rights - this is another profanity, said Gayana Yuksel.

According to Gayana Yuksel, the National-Cultural Autonomy does not recognize Crimean Tatars as the indigenous people.

- Geographical names of the Crimean settlements will remain unchanged although the decommunization process is in a full swing in Ukraine. A national-cultural autonomy will be the Crimean Tatar public organization close to the occupation authorities. Most likely, it will receive an "official" status and it will have a direct budget financing. It is clear that only those Crimean Tatars who are loyal to the government will enter the body. Similar attempts to create "central" organizations have been made earlier, and now the Crimean Tatars’ turn came, summed up Gayana Yuksel.

June 12, 2016 Zaur Smirnov, a so-called Head of the State Committee for Interethnic Relations with the illegal Crimean government, announced his intention to create a "National-Cultural Autonomy of the Crimean Tatars." According to him, the Autonomy targets consolidation of all Crimean Tatars living in Russia.

June, 9 at the "Crimean evening" in Moscow the Kremlin appointed Head of the "Regional National-Cultural Autonomy (RNKA) of Crimean Tatars in the Republic of Crimea," Eyvaz Umerov said that it is planned to create a "Federal National-Cultural Autonomy of the Crimean Tatars" in Russia by the end of the year.

The self-appointed "Head" of Crimea Sergey Aksyonov believes that the representatives of the rehabilitated peoples hold the place of pride in the political, social and cultural life of the annexed peninsula.

In an interview with Russian media, Aksyonov said that in 2016 Russia plans to earmark RUB 600 million in order to address the needs of the deported peoples.

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