Kurultay 2 of the Crimean Moslems was held
The second session of the Kurultay of Crimean Moslems was held in Simferopol on 4 December. This kind of session is held once every four years. The session participants are usually ecclesiastic: the Mufti, his assistants, the secretariat, and revision commission. Sixty percent (60%) of the 220 Kurultay delegates voted for the new Mufti. The new Mufti is 37 year-old Emir Ali Efendi, who studied in Turkey and Lebanon. Mejilis leaders Mustafa Djemilev and Refat Chubarov also took part in the Kurultay. The head of the ecclesiastic administration in Ukraine and representatives of the Ukrainian Moslem Party visited the session as observers. During the first half of the day, attending journalists futily looked for the Chechen representatives among the so-called Crimean Fundamentalists, about whom the newspaper “Crimean Pravda” had so persistently spoken.
Osman Pashayev, TV-program "12 Minute News,"of the state TV-radio Company "Krym."
The meeting between Mejilis chairman, M.Djemilev, and mufti: Veli Vehbi Bardakchi, Mustafa Akkurt, Osman Karakurt and Zoy Ahtash was held on 6 December.
The guests were informed that 14 instructors were going to teach everyone: an elementary knowledge of Islam, traditions of fast keeping and holding the holiday "Oraza" during the fast period, which spans 9 December until 7 January.
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The World Health Service Organization (WHSO), working under the aegis of the UN, organized the International Consultation, which deals with world-wide problems of native nations' health. It was conducted during 23-26 November.
Some 100 representatives of world’s native nations took part in it: attending were representatives from America, Africa, Asia, Europe, New Zealand, and the Pacific Ocean region. Meryem Ozenbashli’s presentation was on behalf of the native nation of Crimea and the Crimean Tatars. She is a neurologist of the highest rank and is the head of the Health Service Council organized by the Mejilis. The aim of this meeting was to work out an appropriate WHSO policy, to be carried out on the basis of a complex action plan providing for the right of native nations to access health services. The session’s deliberations resulted in the adoption of a document entitled: "The Geneva Declaration Dealing with the Problems of Health Service and Survival of Native Nations”.
Leyla Alyadinova, "Golos Kryma," #50 (317), 10 December 1999, p.2
A meeting between the Crimean Prime Minister, Sergei Kunitsin, and Merlin Udo, who is the UN program coordinator dealing with the development and integration of Crimea, was held in the Crimean Ministry Council on 6 December. The meeting was devoted to a discussion of how to prepare for, and conduct an international conference entitled: "Facing the New Millenium: creating the new models for preventing conflicts." The guest also informed the Prime Minister that in the coming months, two UN projects (the donors of which are the Netherlands & Italy) would begin to be realized in the Crimea. The UN development program has already made contracts with their governments.
News TV-program, "Volna," the Chernomorskaya TV-radio company.
Meetings devoted to the 55-year anniversary of adopting the General Human Rights Declaration were held in Simferopol and Bakhchisarai on 10 December. Thirty-five people, holding Crimean Tatar flags, gathered in Simferopol Central Square. A concurrent meeting was held in Bakhchisarai, begining at 11 o'clock, and comprising some 600 Mejilis, "Narodny Ruh" and "Gromada" party supporters. Later in the day, an activist group headed by Bakhchisarai regional Mejilis chairman, Ilmi Umerov, occupied the building of the state district administration. Ilmi Umerov was quoted as saying: "after adopting the state resolution and statement, as well as taking into account the bad weather conditions, the activists decided to enter the building and wait for the arrival of the Prime-minister, Sergei Kunitsin, and the president's representative in the Crimea, Anatoliy Korneychuk." Workers of the regional militia, SCU, and regional public prosecution office arrived at the building by 3 o'clock but the activists stated that they would not leave the building unless Sergei Kunitsin and Anatoliy Korneychuk arrived.
Osman Pashayev, TV-program "12 minut novostey," state TV-radio Company "Krym."
The representatives of Ukraine president in the Crimea, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the League of the Crimean Tatar lawyers, "Unitsium", reached an agreement with the General Counsel of Georgia in Ukraine and Moldova. The agreement deals with the possibility of the General Counsel visiting Simferopol and accepting citizens who live in the Crimea and wish to relinquish their Georgian citizenship. The representative of the Crimean Tatar lawyers League "Unitsium," Emine Avaliyeva, made it known at the press conference that there are 3,250 refugees from Georgia currently in the Crimea. Some fifty (50) of these persons are ethnical Georgians and the rest comprise those deported along with their ancestors. Most of them emigrated to the Crimea to receive permanent dwellings and to obtain Ukrainian citizenship. These people will need to present a certificate justifying that they ceded their Georgian citizenship.
Members of the "Unitsium" League engaged in some preliminary work with the applicants, including the preparation of those documents necessary for relinquishing their Georgian citizenship.
KIA, "Krymskaya Gazeta," #228(15842), 10 December 1999, p.2.
The Institute Fund Director Of Democracy Support in Western Europe, Ursula Doroshevska, the head of the Finance Ministry department in Poland, Adjey Petrash, along with the head of the Consultation Center for Agriculture and the Development of Rural Territory, Yatslev Malitski, arrived in the Crimea for the implement of a joint program between the USA, Poland and Ukraine called: "The Modernization and Reconstruction of Agriculture- the Polish experience." Guests from the countries most recently found within the socialistic camp will describe how they migrated from kolkhoz-based farming standards to the free, arable-land farming standards, while enduring no considerable losses. The meeting with the Mejilis representatives was not accidental, because more than 70% of Crimeans live in rural areas. This means that executing the President's last autonomy decree will depend on their cooperation. For now, the Crimeans listened to the constructive advice and proposals of their Polish colleagues; the practical implementation of this advice is still ahead.
Vladimir Bolotin, TV-program "12 minut novostey," state TV-radio Company "Krym."
The September visit of OSCE member, Lord Ponsonby, to Crimea ended in Yevpatoriya. Anatoliy Rakhahskiy, an OSCE member, brought his colleague here. It was very important what kind of conclusions Mr. Ponsonby would make from what he saw and what he heard because it depended whether the European Council would provide some help for the social accommodation of the Crimean Tatars. Mr. Ponsonby informed that the fund of OSCE social development could provide essential help for solution the problems of the deported in the Crimea.
However, before getting beneficial credits with installment and a low percentage rate-of-return, Ukraine is obliged to pay a contribution for joining the fund of EC social development. Rakhovskiy insisted on joining the Fund. The Parliament accepted the proposal, but the necessary money has not yet been found. Nevertheless, OSCE showed its interest regarding the problems of the deported persons.
Deputy Rakhovskiy was compelled to address the President of Ukraine, L. Kuchma, at the Ukrainian Cabinet of Ministry. Rakhovskiy blamed the Ministry of International Affairs, the Ministry of Social Development and the Ministry of Finance in the reasons for the prevention of obtaining the credits. These Ministries received an order to have them determine the real reason as to why these beneficial credits were not obtained and to take necessary measures. It is anticipated that the Ministries will find many "objective reasons" justifying why they should not to join the Fund of Social Development. But we should take into account that the fund money can be hardly the only financial source for carrying out the work of accommodating the deported persons.
Some people believe that Ukraine needs to solve this problem itself. The main problem is lack of money for constructing water and gasmains in villages comprised of compact dwellings. One-half of the Crimean Tatar families in the Saki region (about 4,000 people) are absolutely homeless. The deported experience problems: extremely high levels of unemployment, and a lack of communications infrastructure. Unfortunately, there is no money to solve these, at the present time.
T.Palmina, "Krymskiye Izvestiya," #238-239(1989-1990), 10-11 December 1999, p.6.
The women's club "Femina," representing different ethnical public organizations, and which is supported by the International Fund entitled: "Renaissance" successfully deals with explaining activity among the women of the Crimea. The number of the club members steadily increases, covering more and more strata of the population. Seminar-based training is aimed at the development of the educational process, and was held in different venues. One of these, devoted to the subject of "Women's Human Service Rights", was recently conducted in Simferopol.
The invited consultant of The Permanent Commission Dealing With Social Problems and Human Service, K.Shvarsalov, told women about aspects the law dealing with health protection. He noted that most of the laws currently intending to protect women and children's health, do not actually do so. He recounted that there are 22 programs dealing with infectious diseases in Ukraine, but that they are not funded because of Ukraine's limited budget. Seminar participants were told of the norms and principals of international law dealing with women's health protection. In conclusion, a neurologist bolstered women's faith in the legal process by holding an interesting training session entitled "How to Check Yourself".
Leylya alyadinova, "Golos Kryma," #50(317), 10 December 1999, p.3.
Fifty-seven thousand grivnas (57,000) out of 150,000 were put into the Crimean budget for the laying of a gasmain in Yevpatoriya villages where the Crimean Tatars live in tight quarters. The money came in to the Office of Capital Construction (OCC). The OCC, acting as a client for the gasmain laid to the villages of Ismail Bey and Sputnik-1, invited one of the most reliable construction organizations: SPMK-4. Specialists have already started preparatory work on the gasmain, which will provide environmentally clean and comfortable heating in these two villages and thus obviating the problems associated with coal heating.
T.Palmina, "Krymskiye Izvestiya," #236(1987), 7 December 1999, p.1.
The National Parliament Library of Ukraine has made it known that it would hold a charity event aimed at supporting the republic’s Crimean Tatar library of Ismail Gasprinskiy. Books and periodical issues in the Crimean Tatar, Ukrainian and Russian languages will be delivered to the library during the year 2000. The charity event started on the day of the republic Crimean Tatar library presentation in Kyiv: the Crimeans were donated dozens of history, law and psychiatry books.
N.Sedova, "Krymskiye Izvestiya," #237(1988), 8 December 1999, p.6.
It has already become a tradition of the Bakhchisarai regional library to conduct “Crimean Tatar Culture Days”. The personal watercolor exhibition of Alim Useyinov has recently opened here. His works reflect native places: Kudrino village as well as mountain landscapes. His eye-pleasing watercolors exhibited included: “Peaches in Bloom” and “Poppies”. During the exhibition’s opening ceremony, the artist received a lot of favorable commentary. Members of the literature-musical club attended the party. The songs and dances of the "Djemile" group also added to the party’s merriment.
V.Roshten, "Krymskiye Izvestiya," #237(1988), 8 December, 1999, p.6.