First Deputy Head of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people Nariman Dzhealyal commented on the statement by Zaur Smirnov, the Chairman of the Crimea’s State Committee on Interethnic Relations and Deported Citizens, to unite forces of once rivaling pro-Russian Crimean Tatar organizations ‘Qirim’ and ‘Qirim Birligi’ in order to "become an alternative to the Mejlis."

Nariman Dzhealyal expressed confidence that it’s unlikely this association will change something, since its to-be activity, as well as when acting separately, is based on a fictitious platform.

-They unite not for the sake of an idea, but as "an alternative to the Mejlis." This is their depravity, planted by their curators. Whether they are aware of it, I do not know, said Dzhelyal as cited by the Mejlis press service.

- I think they hardly pose a threat to the Mejlis since we are working in completely different fields. Hastily pushing Mejlis from power, they stripped us of responsibility for the solution to many everyday problems of the Crimean Tatars. They shouldered the burden on themselves, decided to make it their strong point. Won’t it be too much for them? Of course, it’ll, said the Deputy Head of the Mejlis.

According to him, the representative body of the Crimean Tatars was given ‘the opportunity to go back to the origin of the national movement, ceasing to be an office of superintendents and social workers.’

“This is just what many members of the national movement have been trying to change in recent years. We got the opportunity to change, although this way is very complicated,” said Dzhelyal.

As was reported earlier by QHA, ‘Qirim’ and ‘Qirim Birligi’ are two competing between themselves pro-Russian Crimean Tatar organizations, which now decided to ‘join forces’ to become an ‘alternative to the Mejlis’, Zaur Smirnov, head of the State Committee for Interethnic Relations and Deported Citizens of the Government of Crimea, reported to RIA Novosti. As it turned out, this agreement between the organizations was reached during the 2nd Reporting Conference of the ‘Public Council of Crimean Tatars’ and ‘Qirim Birligi’ organization held in Simferopol on November 14, 2015.