On September 12, Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people, Refat Chubarov, the Presidential Commissioner of Ukraine on Affairs of the Crimean Tatar people Mustafa Dzhemilev met with German Government Coordinator on issues of inter-social cooperation with Russia, Central Asia and the countries of the Eastern Partnership, Dirk Wiese, QHA correspondent reports.
The meeting was also attended by Deputy Chairman of the Mejlis Ilmi Umerov and members of the Mejlis Escendar Bariev, Riza Shevkiev and Gayana Yuksel.
The meeting took place within the framework of the visit of Wiese to Ukraine, to familiarize with the situation in the occupied Crimea and in Donbas.
“This is my first visit to Ukraine, and for us it is particularly important to communicate with you and receive information from you personally about the assessment of the situation on your part. We in Germany are fully aware of what has happened and we repeat that the annexation of the Crimea is contrary to international law," Dirk Wiese said.
He noted that the purpose of the meeting with the leaders of the Mejlis was to obtain information from the primary sources on what is happening in the occupied peninsula.
“What I am engaged in is the issues of the political prisoner, the situation with the Crimean Tatars. I am also interested in how many Crimean Tatars now live in the Crimea, how many of them are in prisons and what conditions they have, since I have heard that the situation is getting worse," the official said.
Refat Chubarov informed Dirk Wiese of mass repressions against the indigenous people in the Crimea.
“For four years something unbelievable has happened to us, the Crimean Tatars and to the Crimea. It seems, that in this life we were ready to everything after we were deported in 1944 and we were struggling for a return for almost 50 years, but we were not ready for Russia to come to our land, " the Chairman of the Mejlis noted.
Refat Chubarov said that Russia deliberately pursues a policy of changing the ethnic composition of the peninsula.
"Thousands of people were forced to leave the Crimea, as they were under an imminent threat. More than 70 of our people are in prisons, dozens are forcibly abducted and some of them have been found dead. Russia is doing everything in order to expel Crimean Tatars from the Crimea and at the same time it brings its population, that is, ethnic and demographic substitution can be observed [in the population of the Crimea - Ed.],” Chubarov said.
The Chairman of the Majlis separately emphasized the importance of Germany's efforts to maintain peace and stability in Europe.
“We are all aware of the special role of Germany. It is Germany that will play a leading role in securing a global peace in order to preserve the principles of justice in Europe.”
As a result of the meeting, the parties agreed to continue the interaction both on a bilateral basis and through the international organizations.
Reference: Dirk Wiese was appointed as Coordinator of the German Government on issues of Inter-Social Cooperation with Russia, Central Asia and the Eastern Partnership countries on April 11 this year. Prior to this, Dirk Wiese served as Parliamentary State Secretary for the Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy.
Reportedly, visit of the Chancellor Angela Merkel to Ukraine is expected in November.