(QHA) - OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities Astrid Thors congratulated Refat Chubarov on his election as new head of Mejlis of Crimean Tatar people, informs press service of Mejlis. “Please accept my warmest congratulations on your election as chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people,” said Astrid Thors in her letter. “I have noted with concern that two acts of arson against mosques have been registered in recent weeks. I have called upon the authorities to swiftly condemn and investigate these incidents. I support the decision of the Mejlis to refrain from acting upon these provocations in ways that could destabilize the situation in Crimea and welcome your stated readiness to intensify your dialogue with the Crimean authorities in this regard”, noted OSCE High Commissioner. She also noted that she intends to visit Simferopol in the near future to discuss a possible follow-up to the needs assessment report on the integration of formerly deported people in Crimea published by her predecessor, Ambassador Knut Vollebaek. “I wish you the best of luck in the challenging time ahead and am looking forward to working with you in your new capacity,” concluded Astrid Thors.

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