Appeal of the Presidium of the Supreme Council of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea to the residents of the Crimea

As a result of unconstitutional seizure of power in Ukraine by radical nationalists with the support of armed bands peace and tranquility in the Crimea are in jeopardy. Yesterday's clashes in front of the building of the Crimean parliament, which led to bloodshed and loss of life, are the result of violent extremism and violence that swept over the country. Ukraine is descending to the fullest chaos, anarchy and economic catastrophe.

In these circumstances the Supreme Council of the Autonomous Republic of the Crimea as the supreme representative body of authorities in the autonomy, based on the will expression of the Crimea residents, who elected it, assumes all responsibility for the destiny of the Crimea.

Following the fundamental canons of democracy, the Presidium of the Crimean parliament considers application of the principle of direct democracy to be the only possible way out of the current situation. We are convinced that only holding of the all-Crimean referendum regarding the issue of improvement of the status of the Autonomous Republic of the Crimea and expansion of its powers will allow residents of the Crimea to define the future of the autonomy themselves, without external pressure and diktat.

We appeal to deputies of the Supreme Council of the Autonomous Republic of the Crimea, regardless of national and political affiliation, with the appeal to demonstrate willingness to sacrifice personal ambition for the sake of making crucial for all of the inhabitants of the peninsula decisions in this difficult for the Crimea period.

It is high time to provide new content to the fundamental principle of the multi-ethnic Crimean community, depicted on the emblem of the autonomy: "Prosperity in unity." We will win this way!

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