At the annual meeting dedicated to the International Human Rights day, which will be held by Mejlis of Crimean Tatar people, adoption of the law to restore the rights of Crimean Tatars by the 70th deportation anniversary will be discussed. Deputy Head of Mejlis of Crimean Tatar people Zaur Smirnov said this at a press conference in Simferopol. According to Smirnov, at a meeting, an appeal to the President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych will be considered. “We will appeal to the President to state a need to adopt a law on restoration of rights of Crimean Tatars and conduct and International Forum on restoration of rights of Crimean Tatars timed to the 70th anniversary of the deportation. And of course, we will once again raise the issue of granting a legal status to the Mejlis of Crimean Tatar people,” said Smirnov. He also noted that today, December 6, is the second day of the OSCE Ministerial meeting in Kyiv and it is symbolic that an integral part of the existing agreements between Ukraine and OSCE is the observance of rights of indigenous people. Smirnov stated that thus, dialogue with authorities should continue: “I think that dialogue with authorities should continue with the authorities’ steps to resolve these three issues”, stated Smirnov. To recall, on December 10, annual meeting dedicated to the International Human Rights Day will be held with the support of Mejlis of Crimean Tatar people.

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