|Article Title||The Crimea Votes to Join Russia|
|Source||Current Digest of the Russian Press, The , No.12, Vol.066, March 17, 2014, page(s):3-11|
|Place of Publication||Minneapolis, USA|
The Crimea Votes to Join Russia
CRIMEANS CAST BALLOTS IN SECESSION REFERENDUM THAT THE CRIMEAN TATARS SAY PUTS THEIR FUTURE AT RISK; SUPREME RADA DEPUTIES VOTE TO DISSOLVE CRIMEAN PARLIAMENT; REPUBLIC HAS ESSENTIALLY SEVERED ALL TIES WITH KIEV; TALKS STILL POSSIBLE?
KIEV LOSES THE CRIMEA. (By Tatyana Ivzhenko. Nezavisimaya gazeta, March 17, 2014, p. 1. Condensed text:) The Crimea held a referendum yesterday on the whether the peninsula should join the Russian Federation. . . .
As we know, the Majlis [supreme representative body of the Crimean Tatars - Trans.] had urged its constituents to boycott the referendum. Over the past few days, leaders of that ethnic group were in contact with Russian President Vladimir Putin, as well as representatives of NATO, the European Union and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. They [the Tatar leaders] called on the Russian side to withdraw its troops from the peninsula, and asked the Western organizations to send a UN peacekeeping contingent to the Crimea. However, none of the parties decided to carry out the respective requests.
Yesterday, the Majlis appealed to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation [OIC]. In a statement, the representative body wrote about threats facing the Crimean Tatars, whose traditional religion is Islam: "The development of the situation is fraught with sectarian conflict, whose main victims would be the small indigenous population of Muslims in the Crimea: the Crimean Tatars." The Majlis said that the peninsula had restricted the entry of OSCE and UN human rights representatives. "The entire multiethnic population of the Crimea is in a state of extreme anxiety for the lives of their children, relatives and friends. At any moment, something irreparable might happen," said Majlis leader Refat Chubarov, who called on the OIC to use its authority and influence to reach a peaceful solution to the crisis.
At the same time, the Majlis demanded that official Kiev protect the rights of the autonomous republic's ...
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