Poroshenko: We initiate creation of Crimean Tatar autonomy

The Head of State announced the creation of a working group to amend Section 10 of the Constitution of Ukraine.

18 May 2016 17:26

In his speech during a concert-requiem in memory of victims of genocide of the Crimean Tatar people at the National Opera of Ukraine, the Head of the State Petro Poroshenko has declared readiness to amend Section 10 of the Ukrainian Constitution on the establishment of the Crimean Tatar autonomy, according to a QHA correspondent.

“We have realized the need to create the Crimean Tatar national autonomy in Crimea, even if belatedly. I will ask the Constitutional Commission to set up a working group, which will include the Mejlis members, to develop the amendments to Section 10 of the Ukrainian Constitution (Autonomous Republic of Crimea - Ed.),” Poroshenko said.

On May 18, 1944, the Soviet government forcibly deported the Crimean Tatars from Crimea, accusing them of collaborating with the Nazis. About 238 thousand Crimean Tatars were deported, 46% of whom, mostly elderly people, women and children, died in special settlements in the first years of deportation.

To commemorate the 72nd anniversary of the Crimean Tatars’ deportation, a number of events, including rallies, flash mobs, lessons at schools and NGOs and activists’ initiatives will be held in Kyiv and all over Ukraine on May 18, 2016.