It is necessary to establish a permanent office for the Crimean Platform to ensure stability and continuity of the process, says Anton Korynevych, Permanent Representative of the President of Ukraine to the Autonomous Republic of Crimea.
"A permanent office that will serve the idea of the Crimean Platform is, it seems to me, one of the key things we should talk about," Korynevych said during the international investment forum Southern Development Strategy.
According to him, the August 23 summit should be a real beginning. The permanent office is needed to ensure the continuity and stability of the Crimean Platform process and to make it a permanent phenomenon, and not one or more summits that will take place over a period of time.
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.