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The Crimean News N64

 

(Mass Media Review for June 26 - July 1, 2000)

The articles are shortened

 

 

Tent Camp Taken Down

The Siege of the Crimean Parliament Lifted

The Mejlis News

Traditional Fields of Agriculture in Crimea to Be Restored

Complicated Land Issue

 

Politics

 

Tent Camp Taken Down

 

After the agreement reached between the Government of Crimea and Crimean Tatar leaders, the camp tent in front of the Crimean Parliament was taken down. This was announced at the press conference of S.Velijansky, Vice Prime-minister of Crimea, and Mustafa Jemilev, Chairman of the Mejlis.

The Council of Ministers of Crimea has adopted an Order, aimed to facilitate the repatriation process and resolve the problems of their resettlement.

Mustafa Jemilev emphasized that, though Crimean Tatar leaders admit effectiveness of the steps being undertaken by the Council of Ministers of Crimea, including those listed in this Order, the main conflict still exists. The two basic demands of Crimean Tatars remain unresolved representation in power bodies and land allocation on equal terms with the rest of Crimean rural population. Stability on the peninsula will be dependent on mutually acceptable resolution of these issues, as stated Mustafa Jemilev.

Elena Gornaya, , The Krymskaya Gazeta (The Crimean Newspaper), 115 (15971), June 27, 2000, p. 1.

 

The Siege of the Crimean Parliament Lifted

 

The results of intensive negotiations between Crimean authorities and protesting Crimean Tatars, who demand guarantied representation in the parliament of Crimea and guarantied participation in land distribution, were discussed at the joint press conference held by Sergey Velijansky and Mustafa Jemilev.

According to M.Jemilev, the picket in the form of tent camp was placed in front of the building of the Verhovna Rada of Crimea to attract public attention to the above-mentioned problems.

As S.Velijansky pointed out, the Government of Crimea is undertaking effective measures to resolve problems of the deportees, proved by the recent Order of the Council of Ministers, which clearly outlines the ways to overcome these problems. Besides, a special working group headed by Anatoly Korneychuk, Representative of the President of Ukraine in Crimea, will be created with deputies of the Verhovna Rada of Crimea, the Council of Ministers staff and Crimean Tatar representatives participating. This working group will work on the problem of representation of Crimean Tatars in power bodies of Crimea and land issue.

Considering these new developments, we responded by taking down the tent camp in front of Crimean Parliament building, M. Jemilev said.

O.Volodin, The Krymskaya Pravda (The Crimean Truth), 115 (22528), June 27, 2000, p. 1.

 

 

The Mejlis News

 

June the 20th. In the Ukrainian Parliament, M. Jemilev, Chairman of the Mejlis, met with the Council of Europe delegation, who arrived in Kyiv to inspect how Ukraine implements the recommendations of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, particularly, the April 5 recommendations regarding the Crimean Tatar problems.

M. Jemilev discussed the legal problems of the Crimean Tatar people, paying special attention to the need for a provision that will allow representation of Crimean Tatars in the Parliament of Crimea and executive bodies of Crimea, the resolution of problems relating to land distribution, and adoption of the legislation On the Status of the Crimean Tatar People. He also answered the questions of the delegates. .

The Council of Europe delegates asked the Chairman of the Mejlis to prepare an official report for the Parliamentary Assembly on the current situation with suggestions for resolving the legal problems.

June the 22nd. M. Jemilev, Chairman of the Mejlis, met with B.Tarasyuk, Foreign Affairs Minister, to discuss the problems of Crimean Tatars living in Uzbekistan. M. Jemilev informed the Minister that according to the new rules of Uzbekistan, those Crimean Tatars who cancelled their Uzbekistan citizenship are being treated as foreign citizens, and they are asked to pay in US currency when they leave Uzbekistan or send their belongings. Considering that Uzbekistan banks do not exchange national currency for the dollars at official rate, while exchange at black-market rates is three-four times higher than official rate and prohibited by law, Crimean Tatars find themselves in a hopeless situation. B.Tarasyuk suggested that M. Jemilev appeal to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine on behalf of the Ukrainian Presidents Council of Representatives of Crimean Tatar people and promised to take proper steps to resolve the problem.

 

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A meeting of the organizational committee for arranging an International Conference on genocide of Ukrainian people committed by the Communist regime was held at the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine. M. Jemilev was appointed a member of the committee and asked to prepare a report on the crimes of Communists against Crimean Tatar people, one of the indigenous nations of Ukraine.

Press-Service of the Mejlis, The Golos Kryma (The Voice of Crimea) newspaper, 27 (346), June 30, 2000, p. 2.

 

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On June 23, M. Jemilev, Chairman of the Mejlis, hosted a meeting that was attended by Max van der Stoel, the OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities, Stefan Vasiliev, Chief Advisor, and experts Svetlozar Zhakov and William Bowring.

The participants were interested in the social-political situation on Crimea and problems of Crimean Tatars relating to land distribution and representation of the Crimean Tatar people in the Crimean Parliament.

Describing the current situation, the Mejlis Chairman M.Jemilev stated: The authorities carry out land reform, following legislation that fails to account adequately for Crimeas conditions. Nowadays more than 70% of Crimean Tatars reside in rural areas, and the land is the only source of their income. However according to the present legislation, only 7% of Crimean Tatars can get the land.

At the end of the meeting, Max van der Stoel promised that everything discussed at the meeting will be presented to the government of Ukraine as recommendations.

Stefan Vasiliev, Chief Advisor, spoke about a project which will be implemented by OSCE and UN to attract donors and implement measures, relating to the return and resettlement of Crimean Tatars.

The Yani Dunya (The New World) newspaper, 26 (527), June 1, 2000, p. 1.

 

Economics and Social Sphere

 

Traditional Fields of Agriculture in Crimea to Be Restored

 

Three traditional fields of agriculture - astrakhan and cotton-growing (prior to WWII) and silkworm production (until recently) - were developed in Crimea.

On June 26, a conference was organized to discuss the restoration and development of these fields.

Those who spoke at the meeting covered the history of development, the present conditions and features of these fields, and provided strong arguments in support of further development. The cotton-growing sector existed in Crimea until the war. The silkworm production is now on the decline. After the war it was said that it is no use to develop astrakhan in Crimea.

Considerable potential of highly qualified specialists among repatriates would allow the restoration of these traditionally profitable fields, and therefore provide jobs for them.

The conference participants decided to establish a scientific-research laboratory at the Crimean Industrial-Pedagogical Institute and to develop scientifically-founded methods, introduction of which will allow the revival of these fields in Crimea.

Gulnara Useyinova, The Golos Kryma (The Voice of Crimea) newspaper, 27 (346), June 30, 2000, p. 1.

 

Land Reform

 

Complicated Land Issue

 

The issues relating to the reform of Collective Agricultural Enterprises (KSP), land distribution, and signing agreements on rent remain highly controversial in Crimea. By the order of the President of Ukraine, specialists have been working in Crimea, examining backlog of problems. The results will be summarized and presented to the President.

During his stay in Crimea, the Minister of Agriculture of Ukraine discussed the preliminary results with the heads of several Crimean districts, from which many complaints were received. Specialists from the Ministry, heads of committees, Chairman of the Mejlis Mustafa Jemilev, and representatives of the Crimean Tatar people were also invited.

At the end of the conference it was declared that a working group is to be created with Crimean Tatar representatives as its members. This group will examine all problems of the deported nation.

Natalia Panasenko, The Krymskaya Gazeta (The Crimean Newspaper), 116 (15972), June 30, 2000, p.2

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