Adopting a law on restoring historic toponymy in Crimea will have major significance because these names will be used in all world maps, says Mustafa Jemilev, Leader of Crimean Tatars, Ukrainian MP and Adviser to Ukrainian President on Crimean Tatar Affairs.
“The law ‘On restoration of the rights of individuals deported for reason of their nationality’ will take effect after Crimea is free from occupation. Compensation, reimbursement, restoration of toponymy and the like will have practical significance after occupation is over. However, even today it will matter a lot if we adopt a different law on restoration of historic toponymy, which will be based on this yet to be adopted law,” says the press service of Mustafa Jemilev.
“If a country decides to rename locations, the new names will be used in all world maps. Not the ones printed by occupation authorities in Russia or Moscow, but those used by the countries which abide by international law,” concluded Jemilev.
It was reported earlier that Law # 0921called ‘On restoration of the rights of individuals deported for reason of their nationality’ was adopted by the Ukrainian Parliament in April 2014. Under the law, individuals deported for reason of their nationality have their status clearly defined and their rights are guaranteed to be restored by the state. The law also establishes principles of state policy and outlines powers central and local governing bodies will have for restoration of the rights of deported individuals.