Dzhemilev: Crimean Tatars do not oppose government

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Chairman of the Mejlis, parliament deputy Mustafa Dzhemilev, said on Aug. 4 that Crimean Tartars are not in opposition to President Viktor Yanukovych
11/08/2010
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The Mejlis, the parliament of Crimean Tatars, is not in opposition to the current government, Chairman of the Mejlis, MP from the OU-PSD Mustafa Dzhemilev has said on the Fifth TV Channel on Tuesday, August 4.

Asked whether the Mejlis is in opposition to the Ukrainian government, Dzhemilev said: "by no means."

According to him, during meetings with Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych, the leadership of the Mejlis claimed that the Crimean Tatars voted not for him, but for BYT leader Yulia Tymoshenko in Ukraine's presidential elections.

At the same time, he noted that the majority of the country supported the newly elected president, and the Crimean Tatars were ready for constructive cooperation with him.

"The new president was elected by the majority of the population of Ukraine, and we will constructively cooperate with the president on all issues, including, first of all, solving the problems of the Crimean Tatar people," he said.

On Tuesday, Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych met with representatives of the Crimean Tatars in Crimea. At the same time, members of the Mejlis refused to participate in the meeting, referring to earlier agreements on holding a meeting of the president of Ukraine with the Council of Representatives of the Crimean Tatar People attached to the President of Ukraine.

The statement by the Mejlis, released on Tuesday, reads that a meeting of Chairman of the Mejlis MP Mustafa Dzhemilev with the president of Ukraine was held in Kyiv on May 13 during which, apart other issues, it was agreed to hold the meeting between President Yanukovych and the Council of Representatives of the Crimean Tatar People attached to the President of Ukraine at the beginning of August to discuss pressing problems of the Crimean Tatars.

The authors of the document called on President Yanukovych "to clarify from whom the provocative initiative to reformat the meeting came, and appoint another date for the meeting with the Council of Representatives of the Crimean Tatar People attached to the President of Ukraine."

By Kiev Post

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