Kurultay session unacceptable as Crimean Tatar leaders not in Crimea

4 March 2015 14:44
(QHA) -

Conducting of Kurultay session in circumstances when Crimean Tatar leaders are not able to participate in the session is unacceptable, head of electoral commission of the Kurultay Zair Smedlyaev said to QHA.

According to regulations, if one-third of Kurultay delegates appeal to Mejlis of Crimean Tatar people in written form to conduct Kurultay session, then the session should be held not later than in two months after the appeal was made. Smedlyaev however stressed that no appeal has been made yet.

“Mejlis should consider conducting Kurultay session if there is a written appeal signed by Kurultay delegates. Still it will be cynic to conduct the session when the leaders of Crimean Tatar people, I mean Mustafa Jemilev, head of Mejlis Refat Chubarov and Mejlis’s deputy head Ahtem Chiygoz are not able to participate”- Smedlyaev said.

Smedlyaev comments come as Remzi Ilyasov—Crimean Parliament deputy chairman announced he intended to hold Kurultay session in April, saying more than a half of the delegates support the idea.

To recall, Crimean Tatar leader Mustafa Jemilev, head of Mejlis of Crimean Tatar people and Mejlis Advisor on Affairs with Turkey were banned from entering Crimea for 5 years accused of inciting interethnic hatred.

Deputy head of Mejlis Akhtem Chiygoz was arrested in December on charges of ‘organizing and taking part in mass disturbances’ in a rally Feb 26, 2014, when thousands of Crimean Tatars rallied in Simferopol showing their support for Ukraine and its territorial integrity.

Meanwhile the video footage of the rally demonstrats that Chyyhoz tried to calm the protesters.