22.05.2000 | R. Romanov, Sevastopol

Meeting in Bakhchisaray


On 10 December the medjlis of Crimean tatars and Ukrainian nationalist organizations (Rukh and Gromada) organized a meeting in Bakhchisaray dedicated to the 51 stanniversary of adopting the Universal Declaration of human rights. However, the meeting soon turned to the protest action against the local authorities. During the meeting the Crimean tatars seized the building of the district administration.

The protesters demanded to appoint the chairman of the Bakhchisaray department of the medjlis Ilmi Umarov, the former Prime-Minister of the Crimean government, as the head of the district administration.

About a year ago President Kuchma appointed Leonid Sheket, one of the leaders of the communist party of the Crimea, as the head of the district administration. The Crimean tatars organizations of Bakhchisaray, as well as Rukh, insisted on the appointment of Ilmi Umarov. The tatars, who seized the administrative building, declared that they would negotiate only with Sergey Kunitsyn, the Crimean Prime-Minister. Kunitsyn demanded to vacate the building immediately and unconditionally. This demand was not fulfilled, and next day the negotiations began.

At the moment when this note is written it became known that some compromise is reached. Next Monday Edip Gafarov, the candidature suggested by the medjliss, will become the chairman of the Republican Committee on ethnic affairs and Ilmi Umerov will get the post of the first assistant of the head of the Bakhchisaray state administration. Crimean tatars will also get the post of the first assistant of the head of Krasnogvardeyskiy district of Bakhchisaray and the post of the first assistant of the Bakhchisaray town administration.

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