Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has said that he will ask the Verkhovna Rada to pass amendments to the Constitution giving the Crimean Tatar People the right to self-determination within a sovereign Ukraine.
"On May 18, during the remembrance [of the deportation of Crimean Tatars] in the Opera House, I stressed that I will ask the Ukrainian parliament, the Ukrainian Verkhovna Rada, and the Ukrainian people to support this. We have the right, we must give Crimean Tatars the right to self-determination within a united Ukraine. I believe we owe them that. I believe that the Ukrainian authorities should have done this 20 years ago, and the situation would be different now," Poroshenko said at the presentation of 'Crimea. Resistance' documentary in Kyiv on Tuesday.
He also said that "the aggressor and occupant will pay the price." "Nobody doubts Crimea will return to Ukraine. It has been and will be part of Ukraine," the president said.
As reported, on June 28, Poroshenko called to amend Ukraine's Constitution and give the Crimea Tatars right to self-determination as part of a sovereign Ukraine.
"We should start the process of modification and additions to Chapter 10 of the Ukrainian Constitution titled 'Autonomous Republic of Crimea' [...]. These adjustments fully derive from the inalienable right of the Crimean Tatar people to self-determination within the sovereign and independent Ukrainian state," the president said.
Rights and freedoms of ethnic Ukrainians, Russians and other ethnic groups should be fully guaranteed on the peninsula, Poroshenko said.