The meeting was attended by the Vice-Chairman of Majlis of the Crimean Tatar nation, Deputy of the Verkhovna Rada of the ARC Remzi İlâs and Chairman of the Board of Crimean NGO Institution for Civil Society Rüstem Ablâtif, on the one hand, and the ECMI Senior Research Associate Dr. Alexander Osipov and Project Research Associate Hanna Vasilevich, with on the other hand.
By the request of the experts, Mr. R. İlâs told in detail about the system of the Crimean Tatar national self-government, the principles of activity of the Majlis and Qurultay of the Crimean Tatar nation, the current history of the Crimean Tatar national movement.
The parties also talked in detail about the contemporary social and political situation in Crimea and Ukraine, relationship between the Crimean Tatar representative bodies and the Crimean and the Ukrainian authorities and the situation of the Crimean Tatar people in the light of recent events on the peninsula.
European experts are interested principles on that based the Ukrainian public ethnic policy and legal framework for ethnic minorities in Ukraine.
Remzi İlâs stressed that, unfortunately, the state does not form any comprehensive, coherent policy in respect of both Crimean Tatar people and on the national level over the years of Ukraine's independence. "In particular, there is no legislation that would define the status of the Crimean Tatar nation or the status of the formerly deported persons up to now," - said Vice-Chairman of the Majlis R. İlâs.
Experts from the European Centre for Minority Issues stressed the experience of the Crimean Tatar national self-government is the unique one and, perhaps, there are hardly many examples of such a system of Crimean Tatar government with such rich and valuable experience in the world. According to them, the Crimean Tatar experience will be reflected in a book to be published on the study of the European Centre for Minority Issues and presented as an example, particularly in the Balkans.