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President to table bill on Crimean Tatar autonomy in September

Its text is to be prepared by the constitutional commission.

President to table bill on Crimean Tatar autonomy in September
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On 8 August, President Petro Poroshenko met Crimean Tatar leader Mustafa Dzhemilyev and the chairman of the self-styled Crimean Tatar government Majlis, Refat Chubarov, according to the Majlis website.

"During the discussion on a number of issues regarding the amendments to the constitution, the president of Ukraine said that he was expecting the constitutional commission to prepared the text of draft amendments and addenda to Chapter X of the Constitution of Ukraine 'Autonomous Republic of Crimea' as soon as in September this year to send it for consideration by the Supreme Council of Ukraine," the statement reads.

The Crimean Tatar leaders raised the issue of the president's representative office for Crimea, which is temporarily located in Kherson. Earlier, Crimean Tatars blocked the Kherson office and accused its head Natalya Popovych of inaction.

The president repeatedly promised to suggest amendments to the constitution with regard to the establishment of a Crimean Tatar autonomy. In September 2016, parliament approved the president's recommendations according to which the constitution must foresee the Crimean Tatar Autonomous Republic instead of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea.