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Crimean news 79.

(Mass Media review for 9-14 October 2000).

Articles are abridged.

 

 

President's visit to Crimea has been postponed.

L.Kuchma has an intention to visit Crimea soon.

Crimean PM left for Uzbekistan as a member of an official delegation.

No-visa regime has been reserved.

Security Service of Ukraine informs.

News from Mejlis

Social sphere.

New youth center was opened in Belogorsk.

Similar seminars are topical.

US ambassador is interested in Khersones.

You can't sell everything.

Oldest in Europe.

 

 

Politics.

 

President's visit to Crimea has been postponed.

Our information about President's visit to Crimea planned for October has been a bit premature. Leonid Kuchma had to conduct a sitting of the Crimean Tatar People's Council, devoted to the land allotment to the Crimean Tatars. In August, during the analogous sitting President gave a commission to the Council of Ministers of Crimea to seek a solution to this problem on a local level.

Leonid Kuchma has postponed his visit approximately till November.

Alexey Nezhivoy, "Krymskoye Vremya" ("The Crimean times"), #187 (1054), 10 October 2000, p.3.

 

L.Kuchma has an intention to visit Crimea soon.

On October 9, they held a sitting in Kyiv with the participating of the chairman of Crimean parliament Leonid Grach, Prime Minister Sergey Kunitsyn and President's representative in Crimea Anatoliy Korneychuk. President Leonid Kuchma met with the regional leaders.

The President of Ukraine paid a special attention to the fulfillment of his decrees on reforms held in agriculture in the autonomy.

They also discussed interrelations of leaders of two power branches in the autonomy*. Leonid Kuchma repeatedly emphasized that Crimean government was able to work, normally functioned and that's why there were no reasons for its dismissal.

Leonid Kuchma intends to visit Crimea in the first decade of November. He plans to visit Bakhchisaray and meet with the members of the President's council of Crimean Tatar people.

Vasiliy Danilov, "Krymskaya pravda" ("The Crimean truth"), #187 (22600), 12 October 2000, p.1.

Our information: *We mean the continuous opposition between the speaker of Crimean parliament, who is also the leader of Crimean communists, Leonid Grach and the Prime Minister of Crimea.

 

Crimean PM left for Uzbekistan as a member of an official delegation.

The chairman of Council of Ministers of Crimea, Sergey Kunitsyn left for Uzbekistan as a member of an official delegation headed by the President of Ukraine.

Before his leave, the PM informed that his visit was extremely important for the autonomy in economic, social and political aspects. Uzbekistan is one of Crimea's partners in the international trade and production cooperation.

The PM emphasized the great importance attached in Ukraine to the efforts of both nations to ensure the process of Crimean Tatars' return from the places of exile. There is still a great deal of problems in this aspect. More than 120 Crimean Tatars, some of whom have already got Ukrainian citizenship, having no money for housing in Crimea, keep on living in Uzbekistan. "We plan to determine the ways out of such problems during the state visit" - said Sergey Kunitsyn.

Press-service of ARC Council of Ministers, "Krymskaya gazeta" ("The Crimean newspaper"), #189 (16045), 13 October 2000, p.1.

 

No-visa regime has been reserved.

In the course of Ukrainian delegation's negotiations in Tashkent, headed by the President of Ukraine and Uzbek delegation they signed 8 intergovernmental and inter-branch documents. Amid them were the agreement about prolongation of the treaty between Ukraine and Uzbekistan related to the simplified procedure of getting the Ukrainian citizenship by deportees and members of their families* till December 31, 2001, who have decided to move from Uzbekistan to Crimea. The Agreement between governments of both nations about the terms of citizens' mutual travels was one of the most important treaties signed during the visit. The Agreement regulations foresee a no-visa order of entrance by citizens of one country to the territory of another country. Stay and exit have to be implemented based on the documents concerning the exit abroad.

"Krymskaya gazeta" ("The Crimean newspaper"), #190 (16046), 14 October 2000, p.1.

Our information: *We mean the Agreement about the simplified procedure of renouncing Uzbekistan's citizenship and getting Ukraine's citizenship by the deported Crimean Tatars and their ancestors. The Agreement was adopted by Ukraine and Uzbekistan in the end of 1998 and worked until December 31, 1999. In the connection with the fact that it was a short-term agreement, many Crimean Tatars living in Uzbekistan and Crimea couldn't use this opportunity, that's why Mejlis of Crimean Tatar people repeatedly addressed to the governments of Uzbekistan and Ukraine proposing to prolong this Agreement.

 

Security Service of Ukraine informs.

On October 13, 2000 informational agency "Interfax" referring to the statement of Vice-speaker of State Duma of Russian Federation, Vladimir Zhyrinovskiy introduced information that supposedly Turkish armor was brought to Crimea, which is hidden in catacombs. It also told that foreign subjects, in particular from Jordan, were sent to Crimea and in this connection "such a foreign expansion reminded situation in Afghanistan in 1999".

In this connection, the Main Administration of Security Service of Ukraine believes that it is necessary to inform that this information does not correspond to the reality. As a matter of fact it is a kind of misinformation and is aimed at destabilization of situation in the region. We consider it as a next in turn block of informational pressure on interstate relations between Ukraine and Russia.

Press-group of MA SSU in ARC, "Krymskaya gazeta" ("The Crimean newspaper"), #190 (16046), 14 October 2000, p.1.

 

News from Mejlis.

 

On September 28, the Chairman of Mejlis M.Dzhemilev and his first deputy R.Chubarov took part in the "workshop" entitled "The role of international organizations and donor institutions in addressing the problems of integration of deportees into the Ukrainian society", which was jointly organized by the General administration of European Council on social issues and health resort, Commission of Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine on issues of the deportees in accordance with the nationality, Ministry of Jurisdiction of Ukraine, State department of Ukraine on Issues of nationalities and migration and also international fund "Вiдродження" ("Renaissance").

 

On October 1, in the office of Mejlis of Crimean Tatar people, under the leadership of M.Dzhemilev and with participating of chairman of the Union of Crimean Tatar organizations in Turkey and the chairman of Crimean Tatars' union in Istanbul, Dzhelyal Ichten they held a meeting of Crimean Tatar doctors aimed at making a decision on functioning of the clinic, built with the help of Turkey. Presumably, the new clinic will create 76 new vacancies for medical personnel, which will be accepted on a competition.

 

On October 3, in the Committee of Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine on human rights, national minorities and interethnic relationship, which also includes the chairman of Mejlis, M.Dzhemilev and his first deputy, R.Chubarov, they considered the Draft of Law of Ukraine about state budget for 2001. R.Chubarov in his speech focused on the fact that the budget project foresaw assignations for addressing deportees' problems at a lower amount than it was foreseen for the current year and it violated even that minimum program of addressing Crimean Tatars' social problems. In result they passed a decision: on behalf of the Committee to petition for reconsidering the budget so that it foresees assignations for 2001 no less than it was foreseen for the current year. Next day, R.Chubarov also came out on the very same issue at the plenary sitting of Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine.

 

On October 6, the Chairman of Mejlis, M.Dzhemilev met in his office the UN adviser and a leader of working group on developing projects of UN Program on deportees' integration into the Ukrainian society, Fuat M.Andich, spokesman of Ukraine's Ministry of economics Andrey Nikitov and UN program adviser in Kyiv, Alexandra Zayarnaya. They discussed issues related to developing new project within frameworks of UN. M.Dzhemilev shared some of his remarks on implementing of previous UN projects and expressed his hope that from now on all the projects would be agreed with representatives of the people, for which this program is aimed.

 

The same day they held a sitting of Mejlis presidium, devoted to issues related to the coming-up meeting of President's Council of Crimean Tatar people with the President. They paid a special attention to developing Mejlis's stand on land issue in Crimea.

 

On October 9, the Chairman of Mejlis, M.Dzhemilev welcomed in his house in Bakhchisaray a former ambassador of the US to Ukraine. Now he is a policy researcher in a Research center of Woodro Wilson, William Henry Miller with his wife Suzan Miller, archeologist J.Carter and people supervising them. They discussed political situation in Ukraine, Crimea and Crimean Tatars' problems.

Mejlis Press-service.

 

Social sphere.

 

The Crimean PM's deputy, Sergey Velizhanskiy met the mission of UN headed by an independent international expert Fuat Andich. The mission members have been working in Crimea on determining the draft document of the next stage of giving aid to repatriates since October 3.

As is known, the Program of Development and Integration of Crimea (PDIC) was created in 1995 on the basis of agreement between Development program of UN and Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine. In result, PDIC mission has acquired mandate for providing aid to the government of Ukraine and ensuring peace and stability in Crimea by means of promoting reintegration of the returning Crimean Tatars, Armenians, Bulgarians, Greeks and Germans. In the course of implementing the first phase (1996-1998) PSIC acted in two communities in Simferopol and Sudak.

Second phase was started in the end of 1998. Five more communities of Bakhchisaray and Belogorsk districts joined it. PDIC's activity on this stage is implemented in four directions: social and economic development, infrastructure development, development of local organizations' potential. They have passed a decision to start the third phase of the program, which is to start next January and continue some 3-4 years.

The members of UN mission were engaged in its development in Crimea.

Valeriy Kotenev, "Krymskaya gazeta" ("The Crimean newspaper"), #189 (16045), 13 October 2000, p.1.

 

New youth center was opened in Belogorsk.

The center of non-formal education "Perspective" was opened on October 2 on the incentive of local youth non-governmental organization "WE". This organization unites the youth of different nationalities and it is aimed at increasing social activities and strengthening of youth's potential living in Belogorsk district.

The center was opened with the help of the Program of Development and Integration of Crimea UN and financial support of the Netherlands's government. Equipped are the study classroom, hall for mass measures and office. The young Belogorsk residents have a free opportunity to learn how to operate computer, study Crimean Tatar and English, use the library, take part in trainings on youth leadership, conflict studies and human rights. In future, they plan to create a children center of pre-school preparations.

Belogorsk "Perspective" is the sixth center of non-formal education in Crimea, created by PDIC UN on incentive of youth centers. Similar youth centers are also found in Sudak, Bakhchisaray and Simferopol.

Elmas Sedvapova, "Avdet" ("The return"), #18 (252), 13 October 2000, p.3.

 

Similar seminars are topical.

Non-governmental organization "Temel" ("Basis") held seminars for women in 5 micro districts where the Crimean Tatars live in compact within the frameworks of the project "We study democracy".

Similar seminars enable the rise of women's activity in community-political life, development of their civil incentive. Both leaders of non-governmental organizations and housekeepers take part in the seminars. The seminar is aimed at telling women about their rights since the best way to protect one's rights is to know them well. In the course of the seminar, apart from the lawful basis, mechanisms of protecting women's rights, the seminar participants were given an opportunity to familiarize themselves with the specialty of non-governmental organizations' activity, international documents on women's rights.

Lentara Halilova, "Golos Kryma" ("The Voice of Crimea"), #42 (361), 13 October 2000, p.6.

 

Culture.

 

US ambassador is interested in Khersones.

US ambassador to Ukraine, William Miller and his wife visited Sevastopol. During the meeting of the US ambassador with the city mayor, Leonid Zhunko, they discussed the parties' contribution into creating a national archeological park on the territory of ancient Khersones*. The Institute director of classical archeology in Texas University, Professor Josef Carter explained drafts of the open-air museum to everyone. This idea attracts more and more scientists from different countries year by year. According to his words, archeologists from Italy and Great Britain are going to visit Khersones next year. And then specialists from other countries will join them.

Yuriy Alexeyev, "Krymskoye vremya", ("the Crimean times"), #188 (1055), 11 October 2000, p.2.

Our information: *See "Crimean news 68" about creating an archeological park on the territory of ancient Khersones.

 

You can't sell everything.

"We will not sell the lands of Khersones preserve" - stated the speaker of city Council* Vasiliy Parkhomenko at a press conference.

The issue is far not occasional and is connected with William Miller's visit to Sevastopol. He conducted talks on creating Khersones preserve of architecture complex.

Vasiliy Parkhomenko does not mind development of tourist sphere around the preserve with the help of foreign investors, but has got no intention to sell the historical land. These are single valuables, nation's property and proud.

Vladimir Pasyakin, "Krymskaya gazeta" ("The Crimean newspaper"), 13 October 2000, p.1.

Our information: * Organ of executive regional power.

 

Oldest in Europe.

One of the oldest educational institutions in Europe, "Zyncyrli Medrese" will celebrate its 500 anniversary in May 2001. The Council of Ministers of Autonomous Republic Crimea has asserted the composition of organizational committee on preparing and conducting measures dedicated to the 500th anniversary of Crimean Tatar people's architecture and culture memorial, "Zyncyrli Medrese" in Bakhchisaray.

At the sitting of organizational committee, dedicated to discussion of goals on preparing for this significant jubilee, it was informed that authorities of the Tauria National University and Crimean State Industrio-Pedagogical Institute had conducted scientific-practical conferences devoted to the 500th anniversary of the oldest educational institution in Europe. The Crimean Tatar museum of arts and Republic Crimean Tatar library of I.Gasprinskiy organized tours for Conference participants held within the frameworks of international symposium "Issues of Crimean Tatar culture, science and education in the context of Ukrainian-Turkish friendly neighborhood" in Bakhchisaray, in the premises of Medrese. The administration of Republic Crimean Tatar library of I.Gasprinskiy arranged a historical meeting entitled "Zyncyrli Medrese - 500 years since the day of foundation". The Ministry of culture of ARC plans to conduct exhibitions of photos and Crimean Tatar artists' masterpieces, excursions to Medrese and other measures. The Ministry of labor and social protection was proposed to move the Bakhchisaray psycho-neurological boarding school to some other premises. We remind that this boarding school is now situated in the premises of "Zyncyrli Medrese". And the Ministry of architecture and social policy was proposed to redecorate historical memorial.

Valentina Selivanova, ""Krymskaya gazeta" ("The Crimean newspaper"), #190 (16046), 14 October 2000, p.2.]

 

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