March 6, 2014, on the latest developments in Crimea

Today, the Crimean Parliament has decided to hold a referendum on the status of Crimea on March 16, 2014.   We stand for the resolution of the crisis in Ukraine on the basis of political and territorial integrity of the country, respect for international law and agreements and adherence to principles of democracy.  We also would like to stress that the situation on the territory of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, where our compatriots Crimean Tatars reside, requires delicate approach and we call on all the sides to prudence and tolerance.

Considering the developments in that perspective, we believe that the decision to hold the referendum will bring no contribution to resolving the crisis in the country.  Such decision may lead to conflict between different groups in Crimea and negative consequences both in the region and outside.  Therefore we consider this decision a dangerous and wrong step. 

Taking this opportunity we would like to stress that the political crisis in Ukraine can only be resolved basing on the above-mentioned principles, through dialogue and compromise.  

QHA