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."

Full declaration


Secretary General
Sports is about health, fairness and integration, says Secretary General Jagland
Swiss Federal Councillor Ueli Maurer and Thorbjørn Jagland 

Other news

Press Releases