KYIV (QHA) -

The occupation of Crimea brought up a number of issues to the Ukrainian state and society, which had to be addressed immediately after the occupation, Gayana Yuksel - a member of the Crimean Tatar Mejlis and Director of QHA news agency – stated during the parliamentary hearings "Strategy for Reintegrating the Temporarily Occupied Territory of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the City of Sevastopol into Ukraine: Problems, Ways, Methods and Attempts," a QHA reports correspondent reports.

“Finally, we’ve got down to these issues, ranging from the country's defense to the problem of social adaptation of displaced persons from Crimea, mostly the Crimean Tatars. It seems that Ukrainian government mention the Crimea either in the context of events in the occupied territories - unfortunately, there are so many reasons: repeated arrests, searches and missing people – or at some dates as the anniversary of the occupation or on May 18,” said Yuksel.

She noted that the relevant work is carried out in the Ministries and the relevant committees, but this is not enough. Thus, it is necessary to develop the main strategic document and consolidate the activities of the Crimean community.

“I don’t understand why the activity of the Crimean community is uncoordinated now, why it cannot be brought to a fruitful cooperation in each of the areas were people from Crimea, who know the peninsula specifics, situation and mentality of its inhabitants, would work,” she said.

As an example, Yuksel told about the changes in the Resolution No. 637 on the appointment of social benefits for the internally displaced persons (IDPs), published by the Cabinet of Ministers on June 8, 2016.

“This Resolution literally eliminates the positive aspects of the regulations, which were adopted previously in relation to the displaced persons. In fact, the authorities take total control over them. In order to get a social welfare payment or get registered, the IDPs have to go through a humiliating procedure of registration and control by authorities, the Migration Service and the SBU. All this demonstrates the alienation of the Ukrainian state from those who had to move to mainland Ukraine. It is necessary to repeal the law on recognition of Crimeans non-residents,” Yuksel stated.

Just a reminder: the Parliamentary hearings "Strategy for Reintegrating the Temporarily Occupied Territory of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the City of Sevastopol into Ukraine” were held at the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine on June 15.

The hearings were attended by government officials, parliamentarians, human rights activists and representatives of public organizations.

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