Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people, People's Deputy of Ukraine Refat Chubarov stated the necessity to find another country to hold peace talks on Ukraine instead of Belarus, which voted against the Ukrainian resolution on the human rights situation in the occupied Crimea in the UN General Assembly.

Chubarov made a corresponding statement during his speech in the Parliament. According to him, Belarus positions itself as a country that in theory provides a platform for dialogue and elimination of Russian aggression, but in reality it is different.

"I am absolutely sure that we should suggest another country to provide conditions for negotiations on ensuring the territorial integrity of Ukraine and elimination of Russian aggression," he said.

He went on saying that on the eve of the adoption of the resolution in the UN General Assembly, repression in the Crimea against the Crimean Tatar activists was intensified. According to him, on December 18 only, sentences were passed on more than 60 Crimean Tatars, and the trials of activists continued for two days.

"Working at various international platforms, as representatives of the Mejlis we observe the great expectations of the international partners of our internal mobilization on the issue of the Crimea de-occupation," Chubarov said.

He called on all politicians and the international community to unite in 2018 and to liberate the Crimea from Russian invaders.

QHA reported that on December 19 the UN General Assembly approved an updated resolution on the situation of human rights in the occupied Crimea. Seventy countries voted for the resolution "Situation with human rights in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol, (Ukraine)", 26 countries (including Belarus) voted against the document, and 76 countries "abstained".

Later, the Foreign Minister of Ukraine Klimkin, commenting on the adoption of the UN resolution, said that "the UN General Assembly adopted the strongest resolution on the state of human rights in the occupied Crimea."