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The Crimean News N63

 

(Mass Media Review for June 19-24, 2000)

The articles are shortened

 

 

If the Laws Hamper Resolution of Vital Problems They Must be Improved

Vladimir Zakoretsky asked to Resign

People Blocking the Railroad Released

The Crisis Is Over, There Is an Opportunity to Work more Actively

Actions of Civil Disobedient to be Increased

Representatives of Donor Countries Evaluate CIDP Activities

An International Symposium in Simferopol

 

Politics

 

If the Laws Hamper Resolution of Vital Problems They Must be Improved

 

On June 6, the Presidium of the Verhovna Rada (Parliament) of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea has adopted a decision in response to the demands of the Crimean Tatar people for resolving their urgent problems guarantees of representation in the Crimean Parliament and fair land reform.

 

According to the decision, the representation issue, which remains unresolved during recent years, is to be discussed by the Presidium of the Verhovna Rada with regional branches of political parties and public organizations in order to develop a plan for this pressing problem. It must be emphasized though that the terms of such discussions are not provided, and this move may have an obvious enough intent of delaying the issue and finally letting it fall into oblivion.

 

What is the reason for involving political parties and public organizations to resolve the problem of legal representation of the people? The Verhovna Rada continues to treat the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people as one of public organizations, ignoring its de-facto status of the representative body of the Crimean Tatar nation. The nation which seeks ways of integration into the society, but constantly encounters obstacles created by followers of totalitarian, categorical approach to ruling the society.

It is obvious that the decision of the Presidium of the Verhovna Rada of Crimea increases the present tense situation in Crimea and does not help resolve the existing crucial problems. They still remain.

 

On June 14, the Presidium of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people has adopted an Appeal, with Mejlis propositions to settle the above-mentioned problems together with the Verhovna Rada of Crimea, Council of Ministers of Crimea and Representative Office of the President of Ukraine in Crimea.

It is proposed together with the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people:

To Verhovna Rada - to establish a working group for developing a legal background for representation of the Crimean Tatar people in the power bodies of Crimea;

To the Council of Ministers of Crimea - in the nearest future to prepare and adopt a decision aimed at resolving the most urgent problems of the Crimean Tatar people;

To the Representative Office of the President of Ukraine in Crimea to establish a working group for developing amendments to the existing land legislation, to provide conditions for fair land reforms in Crimea.

The Presidium of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people.

The Kirim (Crimea) Newspaper, N28 (577), June 24, 2000, p.1

 

Vladimir Zakoretsky asked to Resign

 

More than 100 people gathered at the meeting in front of the building of Simferopols District State Administration on June 12. Meeting participants demanded the Administration Head, Vladimir Zakoretsky, to resign from office. As stated in the Appeal of the meeting, exactly in the Simferopol district, the reorganization of the agro-industrial complex and accompanying land allotment and division of property have been conducted in the most dull and disgraceful way, resulting in tens of thousands people living in rural area without land plots. The rural teachers, medical workers and finally, rural population have no land plots.

The protest action of the Crimean Tatars in the form of tent camps in front of buildings of Simferopol district state bodies continues for more than a month. Meeting participants decided to increase the number of tents near the building of District State Administration and to continue protest actions near the County Councils.

The Avdet (The Return) newspaper, N12 (246), June 23, 2000. p.1

 

 

People Blocking the Railroad Released

 

Four Crimean Tatars were detained by the Dzhankoy police on June 18. They were charged with violating law and order, namely blocking the railroad, during which 12 trains were stopped for 1.5 hours.

 

Two hundered Crimean Tatars took part in the protest in Dzhankoy, when they blocked the traffic on the railroad. People demanded the resolution of May 15 meeting to be executed. In that resolution, along with the demands of fair land allotment and guarantied representation in power bodies, Crimean Tatars insisted on resignation of the M. Muedinov, Chief Specialist of the Department on Inter-Ethnic Relations of the Dzhankoy District State Administration.

 

Immediately after detention of participants, the Chairman of the Inspection Committee of Kurultay, Ayder Mustafayev, and Head of Department of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people working with the local bodies of national self-government, Sinaver Kadirov, went to Dzhankoy. In the tent camp in front of District State Administration they met with members of the regional Mejlis. A meeting was organized in Dzhankoy with more than 500 Crimean Tatars participating on June 19. Under pressure from the Crimean Tatars, those detained were released.

The Avdet (The Return) newspaper, N12 (246), June 23, 2000. p.1

 

The Crisis Is Over, There Is an Opportunity to Work more Actively

 

The Seventh Congress of the OKND (Organization of Crimean Tatar National Movement), which was established in 1989 by joined initiative groups of national movement, met on June 17 in Simferopol. 62 delegates from all over Crimea and one delegate from Uzbekistan participated in the Congress. Among the most important issues of the Congresss agenda were the Report of the Chairman, elections of the Central Council and of the Chairman of the OKND, and amendments to the Program and Statute of the organization.

 

The Congress has adopted three resolutions: First, according to the drafted Regulations on elections of Kurultay delegates, it is recommended to elect 200 delegates, 100 of them to be elected in the single-mandate electoral districts (by simply majority voting), and the other 100 by the lists of nominees of political parties and public organizations on the basis of proportional representation.

 

Secondly, The Declaration of OKND on Chechen war says that the Crimean Tatar people, who experienced horrors of colonialism, deportation and genocide, are supporting the fair struggle of Chechen people for the freedom and independence. Only negotiations based on the UN Declaration on the right of a nation for self-determination may stop the war and provide opportunities for the Chechen people to choose its fate.

 

The third resolution is titled Declaration on political situation. To regulate inter-ethnic relations, states the document, there must be a provision in the Constitution of Crimea which would be based on the equal political partnership of the Crimean Tatar people and other nations living in Crimea.

 

The document includes several demands:

1.       Restoration of national-territorial statehood of the Crimean Tatar people;

2.       Guaranteed and effective representation of the Crimean Tatars in the Parliament of Crimea and other power bodies;

3.       Legislative provision for the right of the Crimean Tatar people to have the land.

 

Later that day, the Central Council members were elected and Erejep Hayredinov was again elected OKND Chairman.

R.Bulat, The Golos Kryma (The Voice of Crimea) newspaper, N26 (345), June 23, 2000, p.2

 

Actions of Civil Disobedient to be Increased

 

More than 200 Crimean Tatars rallied in front of the Verhovna Rada building on June 21, simultaneously with the plenary session.

 

The goal of this meeting is not to gather as many people as possible, but to remind that there is a limit to Crimean Tatars patience, said Remzi Ablayev, Deputy Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people. We again demonstrate our readiness to any negotiations at any level. And we demonstrated this by taking down half of the tents in front of the Crimean Parliament building. But from the Verhovna Rada there is no response. The patience of our people is not for ever, and then all the responsibility will be upon gentlemen in this building. It will be on their conscience.

 

Anatoly Korneychuk, the Permanent Representative of the President of Ukraine in Crimea also spoke about negotiations. He informed people that he received a letter from the Head of Presidential Administration, Vladimir Litvin. It is prescribed in the letter that the working commission is to be established in Crimea to resolve these problems, with representatives of Crimean Tatars, Verhovna Rada of Crimea, Crimean government, and Representative Office of the President of Ukraine in Crimea participating.

 

The Appeal of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people was read at the meeting and the decision on increasing actions of civil disobedience of Crimean Tatars in all regions of Crimea was adopted. After the meeting, a camp tent in front of Verhovna Rada was expanded.

The Avdet (The Return) newspaper, N12 (246), June 23, 2000. p.1

 

Social Sphere

 

Representatives of Donor Countries Evaluate CIDP Activities

 

Representatives of diplomatic missions of UN, France, Greece, The Netherlands, Sweden, Turkey, and representatives of international organizations to the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine visited Crimea from June 13 to 17.

 

The reason for the visit was to review the problems of deportees and the implementation of projects within UN Crimea Integration and Development Program (CIDP). This program has been active in Crimea since 1996. Representatives of UN donor countries and Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine visited Crimean Tatar settlements in Bakhchisaray, Belogorsk and Sudak, where they were acquainted with the projects being implemented by CIDP.

 

During the visit, a conference was organized with participation of representatives of Ukrainian and Crimean governments and national structures, international donors and administrative and executive staff of the Program. Issues relating to allocation and distribution of funds were discussed among others. Mustafa Jemilev, the Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people, commenting on activities of the CIDP, noted that the Program itself was established as a result of numerous appeals to embassies and diplomatic representatives of various countries explaining situation of resettlement of repatriates. In his opinion, it would be advisable to listen to opinions of national groups while planning the CIDP activities, to better understand where and what assistance is needed.

Asan Asmanov, The Avdet (The Return) newspaper, N12 (246), June 23, 2000. p.1

 

Culture

 

An International Symposium in Simferopol

 

The Crimean Tatar culture, science and education in the context of good Ukrainian-Turkish relations constituted the focus of the International Symposium in Crimea on June 18-22. Among its organizers were the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people, the Republican Committee on affairs of nationalities and deported people, Crimean Ministries of Education and Culture, the Republican Crimean Tatar Arts Museum and others. Turkey was represented by the office of the Chief Advisor to the Turkish President, Ahmad Yasevi University, Turkey-Ukraine Friendship Society and others.

 

On 20 June, the round table devoted to the 80th birthday of the famous Turkic novelist, Cengiz Dagci was organized in the I.Gasprinsky Republican Crimean Tatar Library, and attended by writers, scientists, journalists and relatives of the novelist. The works of Cengiz Dagci are included in the curriculum of the Crimean Tatar departments of the Tavrichesky National University and Crimean State Pedagogical-Industrial Institute. In the near future, a new book in Crimean Tatar, Hatirlarda Cengiz Dagci will be published in Simferopol.

 

A visit to the house of Cengiz Dagci in the village of Kiziltas (Krasnokamenka) and other activities were also planned during this Symposium.

G.Useinova, The Golos Kryma (The Voice of Crimea) newspaper, N26 (345), June 23, 2000, p.1