Ukraine's PACE delegation defeated Russian lobby on rights of Crimean Tatars: Mezentseva

Crimean Tatars
Canan Kevser
23 June 2021, 16:27
Canan Kevser
23 June 2021, 16:27

Ukrainian delegation to the PACE (Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe) managed to make fundamental amendments to the draft resolution on the protection of the rights of Crimean Tatars in the occupied Crimea despite opposition from the Russian lobby.

Head of the Permanent Delegation of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine to the PACE Maria Mezentseva said this in a comment to Ukrinform.

Indicating that the vote at the summer session has not begun yet, Mezentseva asserted that the Ukrainian delegation had already achieved a significant victory.

"The very fact that the file, which is called "the situation of the Crimean Tatars" and we also call it "the violation of the rights of the Crimean Tatars", is considered at the summer session is a huge victory," Head of the Ukrainian delegation said.

According to her, in April-May, the Ukrainian delegation made efforts to prevent the inclusion of amendments made by representatives of the Russian lobby in the PACE, which would undermine the content of the document and its focus on protecting Crimean Tatars. "That is, we managed to overcome the Russian lobby," Mezentseva stressed.

Expressing that the PACE committee had already been approved amendments submitted by Ukraine, and these would be supported during the vote on the resolution, the Ukrainian MP said: "We highly appreciate and respect the text of the resolution."

The PACE summer session is being held in Strasbourg on June 21-24. Delegates work in a hybrid format.