World Bulletin / News Desk
Mustafa Jemilev, who represents the Crimean Tatars in the Ukrainian national parliament, called on the international community to respect the sovereignty of Crimea and the rights of its native inhabitants, the Crimean Tatars.
Speaking to Ukrainian journalists, Jemilev urged Ukraine to seek membership with NATO and that Russia's Black Sea fleet should be recognized as illegal invaders if they act with agression.
According to Kavkaz Center, Jemilev also proposed the arming of the Crimean Tatars in the event of a war.
"If we need to use violence to counteract the invaders, we will do this. The Crimean Tatar units, which are currently being prepared, are ready for war," he reportedly said.
He added that in the case of war, Crimean Tatars will join the local security forces and take up arms. "Disscussions regarding this are ongoing," he said.
Meanwhile, his successor as the head of the Crimean Tatar Mejlis (parliament), Refat Chubarov, has called on his people to form a special commission to consult over the current situation in t he region to help resolve the issue.
“We should start our work without any ultimatums. The commissions should be represented by all the political parties, including Crimean deputies,” he noted.
Chubarov also denied meeting with the Chechen president Ramzan Kadyrov, as well as refuting reports that the Crimean Tatar Mejlis had met with the newly elected pro-Russian Crimean parliament, which it has refused to recognize.
Crimea may bring forward referendum on autonomy status
Crimea's newly appointed pro-Russia prime minister, Sergei Aksenov, announced that the planned referendum regarding the status of Crimea in Ukraine, may be held before March 30.
Aksenov said in a press conference that the referendum to extend Crimea's autonomy status may be held at an earlier date, rather than March 30, by the direction of Crimea High Council decisions.
Crimea’s parliament convened when the region was occupied by armed groups and decided to conduct a referendum on May 25 on the extension of Crimea's autonomy status. The date was then rescheduled for March 30.
Aksenov was appointed on February 27 as the Chairman of the Crimean parliament, backed by the majority of lawmakers.Last Mod: 04 Mart 2014, 14:31