Ukrainian Ministry of Foreign Affairs hosted a panel discussion for ambassadors and foreign diplomats from 26 countries on "State Policy of De-Occupation of Crimea: Current Status and Prospects."
Government officials, MPs, experts and representatives of Crimean Tatars briefed during the discussion held in Kyiv.
The Crimean Platform and the challenges faced by Ukraine together with the rest of the world due to Russia’s aggression were the main topics of the discussion.
“Ukraine launches the Crimean Platform to achieve strategic dialogue at the international level. This will help consolidate the ambitions and resources of the international community, as well as unite efforts at the intergovernmental, inter-parliamentary, and expert levels," the First Deputy Minister Emine Dzheppar said.
She stressed that the Crimea Platform was going to focus on five practical aspects: non-recognition of Russia’s attempt to annex Crimea; strengthening of international sanctions against Russia; international security; human rights; the impact of the occupation on the economy and environment.
Dzheppar pointed out the importance of cooperation with international partners and mentioned that it would facilitate a quicker de-occupation of Crimea. "It should be understood that the de-occupation of Crimea is not only a matter of restoring justice but one of the key factors of restoring the stability of the world order and the protection of humanity-founding values".
Anton Korynevych, Permanent Representative of the President of Ukraine for the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, stressed that the presidential decree "On Certain Measures Aimed at the Deoccupation and Reintegration of the Crimean Peninsula and the City of Sevastopol" of February 26, 2021, was a powerful signal to Ukraine's international partners proving that de-occupation of Crimea is one of the top priorities of Ukrainian domestic policy.
According to him, by issuing the Decree, the Ukrainian President established an Organizing Committee of the Crimea Platform Summit that will prepare a draft Strategy for the Deoccupation and Reintegration of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the City of Sevastopol as well as the Strategy for the Crimean Tatar Language Development.
Refat Chubarov, Head of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People, supported the idea of the Crimea Platform as a framework for the implementation of specific steps and mechanisms to restore the territorial integrity of Ukraine.
"The adoption of relevant legislation should precede the de-occupation to provide a clear image of Crimea as an integral part of Ukraine and to ensure the preservation and support of its indigenous Crimean Tatar people," said the Head of the Mejlis.
Rustem Umerov, Member of Parliament, Co-chair of the Inter-faction Union Crimean Platform, briefed the participants on the legislative activity of Ukraine focusing on overcoming the consequences of the occupation. He mentioned that the Crimean Platform is a multi-component mechanism for restoring the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine.
Umerov pointed out that the tasks of the Platform are searching for international support, ensuring the security of the Black Sea region, protecting human rights and the rights of the Crimean Tatars.