[lg policy] Ukraine: Mohylev: Language law is very important for multinational Crimea

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at GMAIL.COM
Thu Jun 7 15:00:23 UTC 2012

Mohylev: Language law is very important for multinational Crimea

According to the Chairman of the Council of Ministers of Crimea
Anatoly Mohylev, the draft law on the principles of the national
language policy passed by the Parliament of Ukraine as a basis is
progressive and important for multinational Crimea.

“In my point of view the passing of this draft law as a basis is a
great achievement. It is of especial current interest for Crimea,
where the representatives of different nationalities reside,” the Head
of the Autonomy underlined.

Mohylev noted that this draft law is a compromise and will fully
protect the constitutional rights and freedoms of Ukrainian citizens
of all nationalities. "Every citizen must exercise his civil rights
and freedoms the language he thinks in. In Crimea, the Russian
language is the language of interethnic communication. The Crimean
Tatars living here have the right not only to speak but also to apply
to public authorities in their native language," the Chairman of the
Council of Ministers of Crimea said.
Mohylev considers that the draft law fully responds to the European
policy on languages. "There are states in Europe and the whole world
in general where there is more than one national language. Therefore,
this law is progressive and, hopefully, will be adopted in the second
reading in the nearest future," he concluded.


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