"Meeting was planned in order to get to know each other better, discuss the issues regarding Crimea and protection of Crimean Tatars." Zelenskyy met with representatives of the Crimean Tatar people

09 August 2019, 19:03
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Today, on August 9, on the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy met with the representatives of the Crimean Tatar people, reports the official website of the head of state.

Noted that the meeting took place on a joint initiative of both parties and was aimed at deepening the cooperation with the President’s Office, the President’s representation in Crimea, the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people, and coordination of efforts for the de-occupation of the peninsula and its reintegration.

The meeting was attended by Anton Korynevych, the Permanent Representative of the President in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, Mustafa Jemilev, the Leader of the Crimean Tatar people, Refat Chubarov, the Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people, and Rustem Umerov, the delegate of Qurultay.

Our meeting was planned in order to get to know each other better, discuss the fundamental issues regarding Crimea and protection of Crimean Tatars. What steps must we take together, what is already done on your part, – Zelenskyy emphasized.

Issues on protection the human rights, in particular, those of political prisoners on the territory of the temporarily occupied Crimea and the city of Sevastopol were raised during the meeting, as well as they spoke about legislative initiatives and humanitarian issues.

In order to record all human rights violations in Crimea, Mustafa Jemilev and Refat Chubarov proposed raising the issue of establishing a permanent monitoring mission in the temporarily occupied peninsula in the international arena. They noted that the UN Monitoring Group on Human Rights and the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission, which works in the temporarily occupied part of Donetsk and Luhansk regions, already have the corresponding right.

Permanent Representative of the President in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea Anton Korynevych noted that the occupation authorities of the Russian Federation do not allow international monitoring missions on human rights to enter the temporarily occupied peninsula, since they understand that the facts collected can be used in international courts, including the International Criminal Court.

The mission has a mandate all over Ukraine, but she is not allowed enter Crimea. We must insist everywhere, at all sites that the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission has the right to enter Crimea, – Chubarov said.

On March 20, 2014, the Ukrainian parliament adopted a resolution “On the statement of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine regarding the guarantee of rights of the Crimean Tatar people as a part of the State of Ukraine”. According to the document, Ukraine guarantees the preservation and development of ethnic, cultural, linguistic and religious identity of the Crimean Tatar people as an indigenous people and all national minorities of Ukraine.

QHA media reported that President Volodymyr Zelenskyy attended the opening ceremony of the new Center of the Crimean Tatar Diaspora in Ankara, where he stated that Ukraine will not get tired of drawing international attention to repressions in Crimea and carefully studying the problems of Crimean Tatars and IDPs. Zelenskyy was accompanied by Jemilev, Chubarov and Umerov.