Muzhdabaev: It is necessary to establish ‘Mejlis +’ format

The Ukrainian journalist suggests his format to return Crimea.

26 February 2016 14:00

Representatives of authority and society have to unite on the basis of the Mejlis of Crimean Tatars in ‘Mejlis+’ format to address issues of Crimea and Crimean Tatars.  Such a proposal was put forward by Eider Muzhdabaev, a journalist, broadcaster and CEO of ATR TV channel.

“Today, the Mejlis of Crimean Tatars is the only legitimate Crimean organization in Ukraine. It represents the elected by Crimean Tatars parliament, not a closed structure. Ukrainian society, politicians and public figures could unite on the basis of the Mejlis in the ‘Mejlis +’ format to discuss all the Crimean issues.

Just a reminder: February 26 became a symbolic date and may be called the Day of the Crimean resistance to Russian occupation. This day, the first massive rally against the separatist sentiment at the Crimean Parliament, and as subsequent events showed - the occupation of the peninsula - was held in Simferopol. Russia occupied Crimea in February-March 2014, calling the falsified referendum of March 16 as an expression of Crimeans will to join the Russian Federation. Most of the world has not recognized Crimea as part of Russia. For Ukraine, Crimea remains the temporarily occupied territory.