Klimkin: Turkey should join Geneva+ negotiations on Crimea
20:24, 5 February 2016

Klimkin: Turkey should join Geneva+ negotiations on Crimea

Turkish mission recently visited Crimea and reported numerous violations of basic human rights by Russia

20:24, 5 February 2016


Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin says Turkey should participate in the Geneva + talks aimed at bringing Crimea back to Ukraine. He said this in a interview on February 5 aired by 112 Ukraine TV channel.

“Several days ago, I met my Turkish friend and counterpart Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu. We agreed to send an unofficial mission that came to Crimea and reported all violations of human rights that took place there, mostly against Crimean Tatar people. I reckon Turkish representatives should participate in discussions about humanitarian problems of Crimea. Of course, there is Geneva format, but there should members from other countries or international organizations”, the Minister said.

Previously, President Petro Poroshenko signed a decree that puts into service an agency to liberate Crimea from Russian occupation. The Head of the state also said that the circle of Geneva negotiators should be extended, supposing that the EU, the U.S. and guarantors of the Budapest Memorandum should participate.

Earlier, the European Parliament approved the resolution on Crimea, saying it supports Ukraine’s initiative to create the “Geneva+”, the negotiations mechanism to restore Ukraine’s sovereignty over Crimea.

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