20 May 2019, 12:38

Issue of Crimean Tatar autonomy unlikely to be considered by parliament in the next six months - Umerov


In six months before the elections to the Verkhovna Rada, one should not expect consideration of the issue of the Crimean Tatar national-territorial autonomy.

Deputy Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people Ilmi Umerov made a corresponding statement in an interview with QHA media.

He believes that the new Head of state will not raise the issue of the Crimean Tatar autonomy in the next six months, although in theory this option is possible.

I mean, if the President immediately understands what this is about, what we want, if he agrees with our statement that this is our inalienable right, then he can bring this issue to the parliament at any time. But even in this case, half a year before the completion of the current parliamentary term, the bill most likely will not undergo all the necessary procedures. It requires an examination of the Constitutional Court, coordination in parliamentary committees and a constitutional majority for voting,” Umerov said.

Umerov recalled that outgoing President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko made several promises to submit these bills to the parliament, but this did not happen.

“Poroshenko said: you have to understand, the Verkhovna Rada is very heterogeneous, it will be difficult to receive the necessary number of votes. But I cited the example of the issue of Tomos, integration into the EU and NATO. These issues were able to find the majority every time, sometimes from the first time,” Umerov summarized.

May 18, Petro Poroshenko called on the future Ukrainian government to legislatively secure the inalienable right of the Crimean Tatar people as the indigenous people of Ukraine to national-territorial autonomy within Ukraine.