Monday, March 10, 2014

Crimea invites OSCE observers for referendum over its status

Ukraine’s Crimea region has invited the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) to send a mission to observe March 16 referendum on joining Russia, Russia’s RIA news agency said on March 10.

It said the invitation had been issued to the Vienna-based security and human rights organization by the region’s pro-Russian Parliament. OSCE military observers have been unable to enter Crimea, which is controlled by Russian forces.


The invitation came as Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu said Turkey is likely to send a diplomat to Crimea.

The issue came on the agenda during a telephone conversation between Davutoğlu and his Swiss counterpart Didier Burkhalter, OSCE Chairperson-in-Office, which took place late March 9. “It is important that the OSCE observers, including a Turkish diplomat, monitor the situation in Crimea so the process can function,” Davutoğlu said via his Twitter account late March 9.

Davutoğlu also talked with Mustafa Abdülcemil Kırımoğlu, Ukrainian MP and Former Chairman of the Crimean Tatar National Assembly, during which he stressed Turkey was concerned for the safety of Crimean Tatars in the region. 

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/crimea-invites-osce-observers-for-referendum-over-its-status.aspx?pageID=238&nID=63422&NewsCatID=359
10/3/14
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  1. Ukraine: Moscou reste inflexible au Conseil de sécurité de l’ONU...

    Les Occidentaux cherchent à accroître la pression sur la Russie à l’approche du référendum de dimanche en Crimée.

    Les 15 membres du Conseil de sécurité ont tenu lundi après-midi à New York leur cinquième réunion à huis clos sur la crise ukrainienne depuis dix jours.

    «La situation s’aggrave de jour en jour (..) il y a un sentiment d’urgence», a déclaré à la presse l’ambassadeur français Gérard Araud à l’issue d’une réunion qui a duré deux heures à peine.

    Le référendum de dimanche a été convoqué par le parlement pro-russe de Crimée pour décider d’un rattachement de la péninsule à la Russie. Il est jugé illégal par Kiev et les Occidentaux.

    «Si la Crimée devait être annexée par la Russie cela serait très dangereux», a averti M. Araud.

    «Nous voulons éviter ce scénario du pire», a-t-il ajouté. Mais malgré la pression occidentale, «les Russes ne montrent aucun signe qu’il sont prêts à nous écouter»............http://www.lesoir.be/490220/article/actualite/monde/2014-03-10/ukraine-moscou-reste-inflexible-au-conseil-securite-l-onu
    11/3/14

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  2. OSCE observers weren't officially invited to Crimean referendum - Crimean authorities....

    The administration of Crimea has not sent an official invitation to the OSCE to monitor the referendum in Crimea, Rustam Temirgaliyev, deputy prime minister of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, told Interfax.

    "We are really ready to accept monitors from the OSCE, but not as military advisers, let alone the NATO countries, but real monitors. A verbal invitation was indeed made by Prime Minister Sergei Aksyonov, but no official invitation was sent," he said.

    The administration of Crimea has invited representatives of the Russian Central Elections Commission and monitors from the CIS countries, he said.

    "We are open to various international organizations, but only if they are ready to send monitors, not saboteurs, military experts and advisers. We don't need the help of such 'specialists'," he said.

    Some media earlier reported, citing a source in the government of Crimea, that the administration of Crimea had sent an official invitation to the OSCE mission to send monitors to the Crimean referendum..........................http://voiceofrussia.com/news/2014_03_11/OSCE-observers-werent-officially-invited-to-Crimean-referendum-Crimean-authorities-5214/
    11/3/14

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  3. Ukraine: le Parlement de Crimée déclare l’indépendance de la péninsule...

    Les députés du Parlement pro-russe de Crimée ont déclaré mardi la péninsule indépendante de l’Ukraine. Il s’agit d’une étape préalable avant le référendum de dimanche qui déterminera le rattachement de la péninsule à la Russie.

    « Une déclaration d’indépendance de la république autonome de Crimée et de la ville de Sébastopol » a été adoptée par 78 des 81 députés présents, selon un communiqué de ce parlement considéré comme illégal par les autorités de Kiev. Leur texte invoque la Charte des Nations unies et « toute une série d’autres documents internationaux établissant le droit des peuples à l’autodétermination », ainsi que l’avis rendu par la Cour internationale de justice le 22 juillet 2010, selon lequel « la proclamation unilatérale d’indépendance par une partie d’un Etat ne viole aucune norme du droit international ».

    « La République de Crimée sera un Etat démocratique, laïc et multinational, qui s’engagera à maintenir la paix et l’entente inter-ethnique et interconfessionnelle sur son territoire », écrivent les députés...............http://www.lesoir.be/490469/article/actualite/monde/2014-03-11/ukraine-parlement-crimee-declare-l-independance-peninsule
    11/3/14

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  4. Crimea recognizes Yanukovych as legitimate Ukrainian president...

    But Crimean residents have made up their mind on the path to follow, Crimean parliament speaker Konstantinov says.

    Crimean Parliament Speaker Volodymyr Konstantinov stated that the Tuesday’s media briefing by legitimate Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych in Russia had confirmed once again that Kiev authorities were non-legitimate.

    “This is one more confirmation of non-legitimacy of current Ukrainian authorities. All that they say is of no major importance for us today. Crimean residents have made their choice and are going their own way using their right for self-determination,” Konstantinov stated. “Yanukovich is legitimate president, he will do what he finds needed, it is difficult for me to comment on him (his actions),” the parliament speaker added.

    Yanukovych stated in the southern Russian city of Rostov-on-Don earlier on Tuesday that he was the legitimate president and the Supreme Commander-in-Chief in Ukraine and intended to return to the country from Russia.
    http://en.itar-tass.com/world/722953?utm_medium=rss20
    11/3/14

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  5. OSCE chairman says Crimea referendum 'illegal'...

    The referendum to be held in the Crimean peninsula on joining Russia violates Ukraine's constitution, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe's chairman said Tuesday.

    "In its current form the referendum regarding Crimea scheduled for March 16, 2014, is in contradiction with the Ukrainian constitution and must be considered illegal," OSCE Chairman Didier Burkhalter was quoted as saying in a statement.

    Voice of Russia, TASS
    http://voiceofrussia.com/news/2014_03_12/OSCE-chairman-says-Crimea-referendum-illegal-5467/
    12/3/14

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