Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe

Crimea referendum is "flagrant violation of international law," says Congress president


Crimea referendum is " flagrant violation of international law", says Congress president

Strasbourg, 7 March 2014 -  Reacting to the announcement of a referendum in the Crimea on 16 March on whether it should join the Russian Federation, the President of the Council of Europe's Congress of Local and Regional Authorities , Mr. Herwig Van Staa, declared:
“I cannot but deplore this initiative. To hold a referendum, at such short notice, using closed questions, without consultation with the national authorities and in the unauthorized presence of military forces, in flagrant violation of international law, is a travesty of the democratic process and one that I condemn. It would be a serious step backwards for the democratic development of this region."

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