: Crimean Tatars want their own autonomy within Ukraine

15:38 May. 21, 2016

Crimean Tatars want their own autonomy within Ukraine

A boy attends celebrations of Hidirellez, the Crimean Tatar holiday of spring, near the city of Bakhchysaray. (Getty Images)

Ethnic minority that openly opposes Russia's occupation now eager to have their own President 

Crimean Tatars need their national autonomy within Ukraine, stated Crimea blockade main coordinator Lenur Islyamov, according to Gazeta.ru.

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‘We have already set up Crimea's Security Service, Internal Affairs Ministry and Housing Service. The next step is to obtain new passports. Crimean Tatars should go to the mainland and get new passports which would state that they live as a Crimean Tatar autonomous nation but within Ukraine. It will make our people happy. They will feel at home, they will feel like owners. Afterwards, we have to create our own Crimean Tatar army,' Islyamov told.

According to him, Crimean Tatars will choose their own president and establish their own government.

‘It is not important to have our own land. During Ukraine's Independence we were forced to negotiate with authorities all the time. Kuchma, Yushchenko, and Yanukovych – every time it was different. We want to have our national identity specified for us to know where we belong,' Islyamov added.

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President Petro Poroshenko will initiate the development of amendments to the Constitution regarding Crimean Tatars' self-determination. An ad hoc working group will be created to fulfil this task.


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