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Secretary General of Council of Europe visits Ukraine-Crimea border

Secretary General of Council of Europe visits Ukraine-Crimea border

KIEV (TASS): The Secretary General of the Council of Europe Maria Peichinovich-Burich, who is on a visit to Ukraine, visited the border with Crimea. First Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Emine Dzhaparova announced this on Friday.
“I was delighted to accompany Maria Peichinovich-Burich, Secretary General of the Council of Europe, on a trip to the administrative border with the temporarily occupied Crimea [Ukraine considers Crimea occupied by Russia],” Japarova wrote on Twitter .
According to the deputy minister, the information received by the secretary general during the trip will be important for assessing the human rights situation in Crimea. “I hope that the trip will contribute to the preparation of a future report of the Secretary General on the situation with human rights in Crimea. Ukraine is ready to cooperate with the Council of Europe to protect human rights in Crimea,” Dzhaparova added.
Peichinovich-Burich arrived in Ukraine on November 3. The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry reported that she, together with the head of the department Dmitry Kuleba, “will hold negotiations on the implementation of the Council of Europe resolutions, the protection of human rights in the temporarily occupied territories of Ukraine and other topical issues of interaction between Ukraine and the Council of Europe.” On Thursday, following the results of negotiations, Kuleba said that Ukraine and the Council of Europe had agreed to start work on the preparation of a new joint action plan for 2023-2026.
After the coup d’etat in Ukraine in February 2014, the authorities of Crimea and Sevastopol held a referendum on reunification with Russia.
More than 80% of those who had the right to vote took part in it, 96.7% and 95.6%, respectively, voted for reunification with Russia. On March 18, 2014, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed an agreement on the admission of the Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol to the Russian Federation, and on March 21 it was ratified by the Federal Assembly. Despite the convincing results of the referendum, Kiev refused to recognize Crimea as part of Russia.

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