Constitutional commission to work on amendments on Crimean Tatars’ autonomy - President

23:10, 03 June 2016
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A Constitutional commission will develop the procedure to secure the right of the Crimean Tatar people to autonomy, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said during his big press conference in Kyiv Friday, according to an UNIAN correspondent.

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When asked to elaborate on the state of affairs regarding the issue on creating a Crimean Tatar autonomy, the Ukrainian President said: "I am confident that we should have done this for the Crimean Tatar people long ago. Everyone was afraid of Crimean Tatars. I can be frank with you on this – all presidents, all Ukrainian authorities. But that was a wrong call. We shouldn’t be afraid of anyone. We need to trust the Crimea Tatar people more, as they are the outpost of the ‘Ukrainity’ in Crimea, and that is why I decided to come out with this initiative after consultations with the leader of the Crimean Tatar people Mustafa Dzhemilev and chairman of Mejlis Refat Chubarov," said Poroshenko.

The president stressed that the issue will be resolved in the same procedure as it happens on any Constitutional amendments.

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As UNIAN reported earlier, in May, the chairman of the Mejlis Refat Chubarov said he expected the amendments to the Constitution to be adopted on securing the rights to self-determination of the Crimean Tatar people as a part of Ukraine after de-occupation of Crimea.

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