"I want to invite our friends to participate in the creation of the International Crimean Platform for joint action to protect the rights of Crimean people and de-occupy the peninsula," Zelensky said in his video address to the participants of the 75th session of the UN General Assembly on Wednesday, an Ukrinform correspondent reports.
The President of Ukraine also asked to support the updated resolution "Human Rights Situation in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the City of Sevastopol, Ukraine" which will be submitted to the General Assembly for consideration by the end of this year.
According to Zelensky, the issues of Crimea and Donbas "should not become commonplace elements of the international landscape where only reports, thematic meetings, and protocol statements on the anniversary of the occupation will be considered a sufficient form of the international response." On the contrary, he said, "as long as the wound in Central Europe is bleeding, the whole world will feel pain, and the de-occupation of Crimea and Donbas is the only prescription for effective treatment."
As reported, the Ukrainian side announced the initiative to create the International Crimean Platform in June this year. The main attention was paid to the protection of human rights in the occupied Crimea, the release of persons illegally detained by the Russian Federation, as well as the creation of a format for international negotiations on the "inevitable de-occupation" of the Ukrainian peninsula.
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