Emine Dzhaparova: "We were not prepared for the occupation of Crimea, but must be prepared for its de-occupation"
First Deputy Minister of information policy Emine Dzhaparova on 23 June 2016 took part in the panel discussion "The Crimean Tatar autonomy within Ukraine. How the new Crimea should look like?".
The event discussed the future status of the Crimea as a national authority, through the implementation of the rights of the Crimean Tatar people to self-determination.
Emine Dzhaparova said that the theme of the Crimean Tatar autonomy in public-political discourse regarding the de-occupation of Crimea requires determining of how this will be put on paper in the legal framework.
"The recognition of the Crimea as a national autonomy of Crimean Tatars is a strategic direction of realization of the state policy of the peninsula reintegration. We were not prepared for the occupation of the Crimea, but we should be ready for de-occupation in its political and practical context; that is, at the time of return, we must clearly understand how the Crimea will look like. In my opinion, a key role should play the Majlis, as the representative body of the indigenous people, which has to offer a practical dimension. Obviously, this can be in a form of draft laws on the status of indigenous people, which would, among other things, entrench the status of the Mejlis and Kurultai, make changes in the Constitution of Ukraine and a number of other laws and regulations. These processes should be actively publicized and explained to the society, which through the Soviet experience of "phobia" can refer to it ambiguously", - said Emine Dzhaparova".
MP of Ukraine, Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people Refat Chubarov said that in the near future should be formed a working group composed of the Constitutional commission, which will develop new provisions of X Article of the Constitution of Ukraine concerning definition of the status of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea as a Crimean Tatar autonomy. Also, he said that self-determination of the Crimean Tatar people should become one of the main arguments of Ukraine in the negotiations on the return of Crimea.
Natalia Belitser, an expert on indigenous issues of the Pylyp Orlyk Institute for Democracy noted that the realization of the right to self-determination of the Crimean Tatar people as an indigenous, through the creation of a Crimean Tatar autonomy does not pose a threat to the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine and is consistent with international law.
In turn, the program development officer of the Ukrainian Center for Independent Political Research Yulia Tyshchenko said:
"In January 2016, an expert group of representatives of civil society, researchers has been formed, which will work out a vision of the Crimea development in the context of the Crimean Tatar national-territorial autonomy within Ukraine".
The event was attended by Emine Dzhaparova - First Deputy Minister of information policy of Ukraine, Refat Chubarov - people's Deputy of Ukraine, Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people, Natalia Belitser - an expert on indigenous issues of the Pylyp Orlyk Institute for Democracy, Yulia Tyshchenko - the program development officer of the Ukrainian Center for Independent Political Research.
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