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Verkhovna Rada urges international organizations to support Crimean Platform to counter Russian aggression

Source : 112 Ukraine

The appeal once again emphasizes the existing decisions of the UN General Assembly and the Council of Europe regarding the illegal attempt to annex the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol by the Russian Federation
18:05, 23 August 2021

Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine
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The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine has adopted the draft resolution No. 5775, by which it appealed to the United Nations, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly, the NATO Parliamentary Assembly, the BSEC Parliamentary Assembly, the European Parliament, governments and parliaments of foreign states.

You can watch the online broadcast of the extraordinary meeting HERE.

The appeal reiterates the existing decisions of the UN General Assembly and the Council of Europe on the illegal attempt by the Russian Federation to annex the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol, the importance of maintaining international policy of non-recognition of the Russian Federation's annexation of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city occupation administrations norms of international law, fundamental rights, freedoms and interests of citizens of Ukraine.

The text of the appeal calls on the UN General Assembly to adopt a resolution on support of the Crimean Platform, to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe and the European Parliament to adopt resolutions on support of the Crimean Platform, to the international community to continue the policy of non-recognition of the attempt to annex the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol by the Russian Federation, and also the partner states of the Crimean Platform to support the creation of the Inter-Parliamentary Coordination Council Crimean Platform.

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Full text of the appeal:

Welcoming the start of the Crimean Platform as a key foreign policy instrument for consolidating international efforts aimed at de-occupation and restoration of the territorial integrity of Ukraine, to overcome the consequences caused by the temporary occupation of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol by the Russian Federation, as well as to protect the rights and interests of Ukrainian citizens,

welcoming the creation of Crimean Platform Support Groups in the NATO Parliamentary Assembly and in the parliaments of the Republic of Lithuania and the Republic of Latvia,

taking into account the resolution of the UN General Assembly of March 27, 2014 No. 68/262 "Territorial integrity of Ukraine" and resolution А/RES/71/205 (2016); А/RES/72/439 (2017); A/RES/73/263 (2018); A/RES/74/168 (2019); A/RES/75/192 (2020) "Situation of human rights in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol, Ukraine",

welcoming the previous decisions of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe and the European Parliament to condemn the illegal attempt to annex the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol by the Russian Federation, the deterioration of the state of ensuring human rights in the temporarily occupied territories of Ukraine due to the aggression of the Russian Federation,

Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine:

calls on parliamentary institutions of international organizations and parliaments of foreign states to strengthen inter-parliamentary cooperation within the Crimean platform in order to consolidate efforts and implement international political and diplomatic pressure on the occupying state - the Russian Federation to protect democratic ideas and values;

appeals to the UN General Assembly to adopt a resolution on support of the Crimean Platform as a tool to consolidate international efforts aimed at de-occupation of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol and restoration of the territorial integrity of Ukraine, as well as to call on UN member states to join the work of the Crimean Platform in all dimensions;

appeals to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe and the European Parliament to adopt a resolution on support of the Crimean Platform as a tool to consolidate international efforts aimed at de-occupation and restoration of the territorial integrity of Ukraine, and to call on the member states of the Council of Europe and the European Union to join the work of the Crimean Platform in all dimensions;

calls on the international community to refrain from supporting the actions and initiatives of the Russian Federation, directly or indirectly aimed at opposing the activities and development of the Crimean Platform as a tool to consolidate international efforts aimed at de-occupation and reintegration of the temporarily occupied territory of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol and the restoration of the territorial integrity of Ukraine;

stresses the importance of maintaining the international policy of non-recognition of the attempt to annex the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol by the Russian Federation, preventing violations by the occupying state and its occupation administrations of international law, fundamental rights, freedoms and interests of Ukrainian citizens, ensuring security in the Black and Azov Seas;

condemns the forced passportization of Ukrainian citizens in the temporarily occupied territories by the Russian Federation, does not recognize the passports of the Russian Federation issued in the temporarily occupied territories, and calls on foreign partners not to recognize these documents and increase pressure on the Russian Federation to stop illegal passportization;

calls on foreign partners to increase political, diplomatic and economic pressure on the Russian Federation in response to its violation of international law, as well as to search for ways to overcome the consequences of the criminal activities of the occupying state and its occupation administrations in the military-political, economic, environmental, cultural, religious spheres of the region;

expresses support for the implementation of domestic projects aimed at de-occupation and reintegration of the temporarily occupied territory of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol, for the protection and restoration of the rights of Ukrainian citizens who live in the temporarily occupied territory or were forced to move from it and are in other regions of Ukraine, as well as to strengthen the resilience of the southern regions of Ukraine;

once again demands from the Russian Federation the full fulfillment of its international obligations and the withdrawal from the territory of Ukraine of armed formations, including those over which it exercises direct or indirect control, the withdrawal of weapons and military equipment, an end to the criminal practice of changing the demographic composition of the population of the temporarily occupied territories of the Autonomous Republic Crimea and the city of Sevastopol, systemic violations of human rights, including the rights of indigenous peoples, in particular the right to preserve cultural heritage and freedom of religion, as well as the suspension of the commission of war crimes and crimes against humanity and the return to Ukraine of full control over its territory within internationally recognized borders;

stresses the importance of developing a unified and consolidated position of the international democratic community in countering Russian aggression against Ukraine and calls on the friends and partners of the Crimean Platform to initiate the creation of the Crimean Platform Inter-Parliamentary Coordination Council, which will operate on the following principles:

  • coordination of efforts at the inter-parliamentary level in the field of development and compliance with the policy of non-recognition of the annexation of the Crimean peninsula by the Russian Federation;
  • parliamentary control over the introduction of restrictive measures (sanctions) against the Russian Federation as an aggressor state and an occupying state, its officials, individuals and legal entities involved in illegal occupation and attempted annexation;
  • coordination of the positions and steps of the member states of the Crimean Platform within the framework of international organizations, at international conferences, forums and other events when considering the issues of de-occupation and the renewal of the territorial integrity of Ukraine;
  • trengthening the inter-parliamentary community and uniting efforts aimed at protecting the rights and freedoms of the civilian population in the temporarily occupied Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol; parliamentary control over the implementation of projects aimed at overcoming the economic and environmental consequences of the Russian occupation of part of the territory of Ukraine.
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