Emine Dzhaparova: "Crimea Platform is a Framework Political Format that Unites National and International Efforts to De-occupy Crimea"
06 July 2021 17:18

On July 6, when opening the meeting "Practical Dimensions of Ukraine's Foreign Policy" within the All-Ukrainian Forum "Ukraine 30. International Politics", First Deputy Foreign Minister of Ukraine Emine Dzhaparova informed about the implementation of the top priority of Ukraine's foreign policy – de-occupation of Crimea – and took part in a sessional discussion on the topic: "Crimea Platform as a foreign policy tool for implementing the Crimea De-occupation Strategy".

She highlighted the work of Ukrainian diplomacy to mobilize the world community to counter Russian aggression, including numerous decisions of the UN General Assembly, governing bodies and parliamentary assemblies of other international organizations, lawsuits in international and national jurisdictions, sanctions imposed by foreign states.

First Deputy Minister presented the international coordination mechanism - the Crimea Platform, initiated to the President of Ukraine by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, headed by Dmytro Kuleba.

"The Crimea Platform is also a political umbrella format that has already united national and international efforts," Emine Dzhaparova stated. She informed about the measures taken within the Platform to promote the strategic vision of the policy on Crimea, to consolidate the attention and resources of the world community, to ensure a synergy of efforts at the intergovernmental, inter-parliamentary and non-governmental levels.

"Ukraine's leadership is key here. By doing this, we are making a tangible contribution to the system of European security and restoration of the world order," Emine Dzhaparova noted. "The participation of other states in the Crimea Platform should be a strong signal of the inadmissibility of attempts to change internationally recognized borders by force, of the unity of the international community and our common values."

The First Deputy Minister stressed on the success in the parliamentary dimension. In part on the adoption of laws on the status of indigenous peoples and the abolition of the notorious Crimea FEZ, as well as further joint work of the Parliament, Foreign Ministry of Ukraine, President's Representative office in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People and non-governmental experts on the so-called "Crimea Platform" legislation package.

She also stressed on the importance of the non-governmental level of the Platform and informed about the first international event of the newly formed Expert Network – the Expert Forum, which will take place in Kyiv on July 22-23. Emine Dzhaparova also reported on the first expert studies presented to the diplomatic corps in Kyiv.

In addition, the First Deputy Minister described the most acute problems created by the Russian occupation authorities on the peninsula, including the unprecedented militarization and transformation of Crimea into Russia’s military outpost, mass human rights violations, and violations of international humanitarian law.

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