In his remarks Çınar emphasized the demographics and indicated that there are 280,000 Crimean Tatars in Crimea, about 13 percent of the total population . Çınar said that Turkey was not pleased with the ongoing situation and the condition of the Crimean Tatars and was not officially recognizing Russia’s annexation of Crimea. Çınar argued that the solution to the crisis in and around Ukraine should concentrate on a negotiated political settlement that is prioritizing and respecting the independence, sovereignty, political unity and territorial integrity of Ukraine.
Citing a recent UN report, Çınar added that the ongoing conflict between the Ukrainian government and pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine had claimed more than 4,000 lives and left more than 9,000 wounded.
Among the panelists were; Andrij Dobrinsky, Professor at UCCA, Columbia University Professor Wolodymyr Zarycky, H.E. Ambassador Yuriy Sergeyev Permanent Mission of Ukraine to the United Nations, Crimean Tatar Panelist Arsen Zhumadilov, Head of Staff with Ukrainian Commission on Crimean Tatar Affairs in Kiev and Founder & Coordinator of Crimean Institute for Strategic Studies Cihan Kaan.