Crimea like Czechoslovakia in 1938 - Czech Senate chairman


04.03.2014 12:29

Prague - The current developments in Crimea and the effort of its Russian inhabitants at joining Russia are reminiscent of the situation in the Czechoslovak borderland in 1938, Czech Senate chairman Milan Stech said after a meeting with Montenegrin parliament head Ranko Krivokapic today.


Předseda Senátu Milan Štěch (ČSSD). ČTK Doležal Michal

Krivokapic is president of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Parliamentary Assembly.

Stech was hinting at a part of the German-nationality inhabitants of Czechoslovakia who called for the annexation of the territory on which they lived to Nazi Germany.

Stech pointed out that this eventually led to World War Two.

"We know what dire, painful consequences this had not only for then Czechoslovakia, but the whole Europe and practically the whole world," Stech said.

Calls for self-determination must never be put above international law, part of which is the inviolability of sovereignty and territorial integrity, Stech said.

Krivokapic said the situation after Russia´s invasion of Ukrainian territory is in many respects similar to the war in the Balkans after the division of Yugoslavia.

He said more specific and clear steps must be taken, not only stands declared.

Krivokapic said the OSCE should create a consultancy group that would be the pillar of dealing with the Crimea situation.

He came out in favour of quick and direct negotiations with Russia in the presence of Ukraine, aimed at finding a stable solution.

Stech promised Krivokapic support to Montenegro´s effort to join the EU and NATO.

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