Chubarov proposed to "reformat" the autonomous status of Crimea within Ukraine

16:15 24 October Kyiv, Ukraine

The head of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people, Refat Chubarov, at the Crimean Platform summit in Zagreb, made a proposal to amend the Constitution regarding the status of Crimea as a national-territorial autonomy within Ukraine.

This is reported by the Ukrainian media.

"We must amend the Constitution of Ukraine, where we clearly define the Crimean autonomy as an autonomy that was created on a national-territorial basis, as a form of self-determination of the indigenous people of Crimea - the Crimean Tatars," said Refat Chubarov, head of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people.

Chubarov explained that according to the Constitution, Crimea is an autonomy, but this status needs to be reformatted.

According to him, "finally, we need to decide on the subject of self-determination in Crimea, with the source, if you like, of Crimean autonomy, and this source is the inalienable right of the indigenous people of this peninsula to self-determination as part of an independent Ukrainian state."

Chubarov believes that through such a mechanism it is necessary to simultaneously address the issues of strengthening "the Ukrainian state, part of our state territory and ensuring human rights, regardless of their ethnic or religious affiliation."