Temirgaliev: the OSCE applies double standards

The Vice-Prime Minister of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea Rustam Temirgaliev stated that the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe uses double standards in its work, refusing to recognize the all-Crimean referendum and independence of the republic, and reminded that several years ago the OSCE approved separation of Kosovo from Serbia based on the same grounds that the Crimean autonomy has.

Rustam Temirgaliev noted that the OSCE did not accept the invitation of the authorities of the Crimea for participation in monitoring the referendum on March 16. The head of the organization, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Switzerland Didier Burkhalter considers holding of the referendum illegal.

"Alas, we have to blame the OSCE in application of double standards towards the republic," the first Vice-Prime Minister of the Crimea Rustam Temirgaliev declared today, on March 12 at a press conference in Simferopol.

The first vice-premier reminded that in July 2010 the International Court of Justice in the Hague, commenting on the situation with announcement of independence of Kosovo from Republika Srpska, noted: the OSCE participated in the referendum and supported the corresponding decision.

"The Crimean authorities have the obvious question: when were the leaders of the OSCE right? When they participated in monitoring the referendum about independence of Kosovo without being invited by central Serbian authorities? Or when they did not accept the invitation of the Crimean authorities to participate in monitoring of the all-Crimean referendum without agreeing with Kiev?" Rustam Temirgaliev noted.

On March 11 the Supreme Council of the Crimea adopted a declaration of independence from Ukraine and the intention to join the Russian Federation. If as a result of the referendum, scheduled on March 16, the residents of the Crimea will make a decision about joining of the peninsula, including Sevastopol, to Russia, the Crimea will be declared an independent and sovereign State with a republican form of government. The chair of the Crimean parliament Konstantinov stated that the return of the Crimea to the composition of Ukraine is impossible.

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