(QHA) -

Abduraman Egiz, the member of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people delivered a speech at the Paneuropean Working Group in Strasbourg, UNPO reports.

He spoke about the problems faced by the Crimean Tatars in Ukraine, in the light of the upcoming 70th anniversary of their deportation by Staline’s regime.

Egiz presented the problems encountered by the Crimean Tatars, explaining what should be done to help them restore the rights they were deprived of 70 years ago.

In 1944, the Crimean Tatars were deported under Stalin’s rule from their homeland Crimea. Although it has been more than two decades since the Crimean Tatars began repatriation, the measures employed by the Ukrainian Government in facilitating their integration have proved insufficient. In fact, the budget of Ukraine's repatriation programme has been drastically reduced and a solution to the political, economic and cultural problems from which they suffer has yet to be found.

Willing to foster meaningful dialogue with all actors involved, the Crimean Tatars have appealed for the creation of an International Forum for the Restoration of Rights of the Crimean Tatar People and other formerly deported peoples, an initiative supported by the OSCE, the EU and many national governments worldwide. Unfortunately, the proposal has fallen on deaf ears by the Ukrainian government.