Crimean Platform must provide internal, external tracks to protect citizens living under occupation

Crimean Tatars
Canan Sarıtepe
08 July 2021, 13:38
Canan Sarıtepe
08 July 2021, 13:38

The Crimean Platform must have both external and internal tracks to ensure state protection for Ukrainian citizens living in occupied Crimea.

Permanent Representative of the President of Ukraine to the Autonomous Republic of Crimea Anton Korynevych said this on Tuesday speaking at the All-Ukrainian Forum “Ukraine 30. International Relations.”

"As for the Crimean Platform, we should say that there must be an internal track, which will consist of relations with human rights and non-governmental organizations, local authorities and governments at various levels, and state bodies of Ukraine in order to have proper departmental coordination in the implementation of certain projects," Korynevych said.

The Permanent Representative also stressed the importance of working with the families of political prisoners in Crimea, providing support and assistance.

Indicating that the Crimean Platform is one of the tools of the Strategy for De-occupation and Reintegration of Crimea and Sevastopol, he said that the platform should regulate the work with citizens of Ukraine living in the temporarily occupied territories.

Crimean Platform needs permanent office

According to Korynevych, at the beginning of the Platform’s operation, it is very important to introduce mechanisms to allow the platform to work constantly, including the establishment of a permanent office of the Crimean Platform.

"To achieve this, it would be appropriate to offer a number of specific projects for the de-occupation and reintegration of Crimea," the official said.

He added that the launch of the Crimean Platform – August 23 – is not the culmination but "a starting point of movement towards the de-occupation of Crimea."