Crimean Tatars: Proposed National Status for Mejlis
Ukrainian MP Heorhiy Lohvynsky (People's Front Party faction) proposed providing the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People with national status during a press conference in Kyiv on 15 March 2016. Given that the Mejlis performs public functions and “protects the integrity of its country”, he argues that it should therefore have the status of a state self-regulation authority.
Below is an article published by Interfax-Ukrane:
Ukrainian MP Heorhiy Lohvynsky (People's Front Party faction) has proposed providing the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People with national status.
"Today we are developing a bill on how to provide the Mejlis with the status of a state self-regulation authority," he said at a press conference in Kyiv.
Lohvynsky reiterated that at present the Mejlis is not a fund or other legal entity. It previously functioned as a council under the president of Ukraine. He said it is impossible to prohibit the public authority of another country, because it would then be necessary to prohibit the whole country"
"We are obliged to give the national status to the Mejlis because the functions it performs are public functions. It protects the integrity of its country," the deputy said.