09:57 27.01.2016

Ukraine in mood for using all international platforms for returning Crimea

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Ukraine in mood for using all international platforms for returning Crimea

Restoration of the territorial integrity of Ukraine and bringing Crimea back are two things for which the whole world bears responsibility, Ukrainian president's envoy for humanitarian issues in the group Iryna Heraschenko said.

"Ukraine aspired to more actively use all international platforms for the sake of Crimean issue. This is a duty of the whole world: to search an answer to the question about restoration of sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, transfer of Crimea under Ukrainian jurisdiction," she wrote on Facebook on Tuesday evening.

Heraschenko said she had asked Secretary General of the Council of Europe Thorbjorn Jagland about the role of the Council of Europe and PACE over the issue of bringing back Crimea, restoration of the territorial integrity of Ukraine, in human rights defense. "Jagland's reply was blurred from the diplomatic point of view: he said the mission works now, outcomes of its work will be a basis for further actions. He has stressed that a stance of the Council of Europe and PACE over Crimea remains the same as it was declared in the previous resolutions about illegal annexation," Heraschenko said.

According to her, Jagland in his speech in PACE reminded that a special mission of the Council of Europe on the monitoring of the situation with human rights violations in Crimea has been working in the annexed Crimea for two days long.

As reported, the Council of Europe reported on its website that it sent its delegation to Crimea on Monday to assess the human right situation on the peninsula.

Swiss diplomat Gerarg Stoudmann will head the delegation, in which he will be assisted by three members of the Council of Europe secretariat.

"More than 2.5 million people live in Crimea, they are all covered by the European Convention on Human Rights and should be able to benefit from it," the Council of Europe's press service quoted the secretary general of the organization, Thorbjorn Jagland, as saying.

However, for more than a year, no delegation from an international organization has been able to go there, he explained.

"The mission will be conducted with full independence and will not deal with any issue related to the territorial status of Crimea," Jagland stressed.

The mission's mandate covers all major human rights issues including freedom of expression and media freedom; freedom of association and of assembly; minority rights; local and self-government; fight against corruption and prison conditions.

The mission will conclude with a report and recommendations submitted to the Secretary General in late February or March, the report reads.

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