Chubarov: Final document of Crimean platform summit should describe de-occupation tools in addition to principles

Crimean Tatars
Canan Sarıtepe
06 July 2021, 18:15
Canan Sarıtepe
06 July 2021, 18:15

The final document planned to be created at the end of the Crimean Platform summit should outline not only the principles and priorities but also the means and mechanisms of de-occupation of Crimea, according to Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People Refat Chubarov.

“We are waiting for the final document that should stipulate the basic principles and priorities of the de-occupation of Crimea. We are not maximalists, as some of us believe; we have been just living in occupied Crimea for eight years," Chubarov said during the All-Ukrainian Forum "Ukraine 30. International Relations” held in Kyiv on Tuesday.

He expressed hope that a title called "Means and mechanisms of de-occupation of Crimea" would be added to the document of the roadmap for liberating Crimea from Russian occupation.

"I would very much like that a comma was put in this final document after the words ‘Basic principles and priorities’ and then it was added: ‘Means and mechanisms of de-occupation of Crimea," Chubarov said.

Crimean Platform

The Crimean Platform is a new consultative and coordination format initiated by Ukraine to improve the international response to the occupation of Crimea and growing security challenges.

The Platform aims to increase international pressure on Russia, prevent further human rights violations, protect victims of the occupation regime, and achieve the goal of de-occupation of Crimea and its return to Ukraine.

The Crimean Platform will operate at several levels: The first is the highest political level, which will be joined by foreign heads of state and government. The second is the level of heads of foreign policy departments and defence ministers; the third is the inter-parliamentary level; the fourth is the level of non-governmental experts.

The activities of the Crimean Platform will be officially launched at the inaugural summit which is planned to be held in Kyiv in August 23, 2021.