The Office of the President of Ukraine in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea – in cooperation with the Ministry of Reintegration of the Temporarily Occupied Territories, the National Security and Defense Council and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs – is working on a strategy for de-occupation and reintegration of Crimea and Sevastopol, said Anton Korynevych.

“Currently, the strategy is being worked out. In fact, the mission revived work in this direction. Our position is unequivocal – the state should have such a strategy,” the press service of the President’s Office reports.

Korynevych also stressed the importance of passing a law on Ukraine’s indigenous people to consolidate the concept at the state level and demonstrate that there are three indigenous peoples in Ukraine that are related to the Crimean peninsula: Crimean Tatars, Karaites, and Crimean Tatars.

“The work continues. On July 8, there will be a hearing in the Verkhovna Rada Committee on Human Rights and Deoccupation on the issue of ensuring the rights of indigenous peoples. I think there may be some positive progress on this issue. We are convinced that the legislative regulation of the rights of indigenous peoples is mandatory, and we need to bring this issue to a logical conclusion,” he said.

The Permanent Representative of President Volodymyr Zelensky to the Autonomous Republic of Crimea also informed that the resumption of water supply to the peninsula is possible only after the de-occupation of Crimea, and this is a significant lever of pressure on the occupying state.

Natalia Tolub

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