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KIEV, February 26. /ITAR-TASS/. Crimea does not insist on considering the autonomy’s secession from Ukraine, Crimean parliament Speaker Volodymyr Konstantinov said.
He denied media reports claiming that at its urgent session on Wednesday, February 26, the parliament was going to adopt radical decisions, including on secession from Ukraine.
“The Crimean parliament is not raising the question of Crimea’s secession from Ukraine. This is a provocation aimed at discrediting the Supreme Council [parliament] of the autonomy and depriving it of its legitimacy,” Konstantinov said.
OSCE urges peaceful settlement
All 57 member-countries of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) support only peaceful settlement of a tense situation in the Ukrainian autonomous republic of Crimea, head of the Ukrainian Security Service Valentin Nalivaichenko said after talks with OSCE Special Representative for Ukraine Tim Guldimann in the Ukrainian capital on Tuesday.
“All 57 OSCE states come out in support of only peaceful settlement of the situation in the Ukrainian autonomous republic of Crimea,” Nalivaichenko noted. “Each OSCE state, including Russia, is prepared to support peaceful settlement and not to permit encroachments on territorial integrity of Ukraine, which had just ended its OSCE rotating presidency. A common intention of OSCE states is to promote peaceful settlement of the situation,” he added.
No legal ground to dissolve Crimea's Supreme Council
The plans of Ukraine's new authorities to dissolve the Supreme Council of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea (ARC) have no legal grounds, the Council's Chairman Volodymyr Konstantinov told journalists commenting on a draft resolution registered in the Verkhhovna Rada, on calling an early election of ARC deputies.
"There are no legal grounds now for adoption of this draft resolution. I am stating officially that the lawlessness reigning in the country's top legislature has brought people in Crimea to the streets. They are indignant at the disregard for their opinion by those who refer to themselves as new authoritieis", Konstantinov said. He pointed out that "people are demanding resolute actions from the Crimean authorities to protect the autonomy".
On Tuesday, hundreds of people protesting against the actions of Ukraine's new authorities came to the Crimean parliament building and installed a Russian flag over the central entrance to the building. The flags of Ukraine and Crimea remain hoisted at the building.
The demonstrators, representing local parties and public organizations, demanded that the authorities apply for help to Russia, uphold the rights of the autonomy before the central Ukrainian authorities, and protect the Crimean Berkut special units from the radicals' reprisals and humiliation, and hold a referendum on the status of Crimea.