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Letter of the Ambassador of the Republic of Ukraine H.E. Mr Borys Klimcuk

Dr. Laima Liucija ANDRIKIENĖ
Member of the European Parliament

Vilnius, 28 February 2007


Dear Laima Liucija ANDRIKIENĖ,

I would like to express my deep gratitude for Your support of initiative of members of European Parliament Konrad Szymanski, Charles Tannock and Marek Siwiec regarding international recognition of the artificially organized famine in Ukraine 1932-1933 (Great Famine - Holodomor) as genocide of the Ukrainian nation.

As you know, during half of century terrible true about tragic death about 10 million Ukrainians due to organized by the Stalin regime famine was kept in silence. Only recently historical 
science carried out the enormous volume of studies devoted to complex of problems related to the Great Famine. Along the studies of the Ukrainian historians, foreign scientists made
significant contribution in publication and estimation of these materials

Guided by the conclusions of researchers and by responsibility to historical memory of people and own family memory, the members of the Verkhovna Rada (Parliament) of Ukraine on
November 28, 2006 took political decision on recognition of the Great Famine1932—1933 as genocide of the Ukrainian nation.
We highly appreciate solidarity and support of international community in conviction of Holodomor in Ukraine (1932-33), that is fixed in the acts of Parliaments of Argentina, Australia, 
Canada, Estonia, Georgia, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Poland and USA.

I personally had a possibility to satisfy myself of high solidarity with the Ukrainian people when Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania adopted Statement „On the commemoration of the victims of political repressions and Famine/Genocide in Ukraine in 1932-1933” on November 24, 2005, in which Holodomor is recognized as act of genocide of the Ukrainian nation.

This political act of members of the Lithuanian’s parliament demonstrated that common pain and memory of Ukrainians and Lithuanians who also suffered from totalitarian regime in XX century would inspire us for overcoming of challenges which hamper development and progress of human civilization.

We consider that recognition of Holodomor 1932-1933 as an act of genocide fully falls under the definition given by proper international documents, and as such it must get proper international assessment.

Our actions do not target any foreign state or nation. Our efforts are aimed at restoration of historical justice, renewal of our national dignity and consolidation of Ukrainian society.

Adoption by the European Parliament of Written Declaration on international recognition of the Great Famine in Ukraine (1932-33) as genocide would become also significant contribution to mobilization of efforts of European community in the fight against the modern manifestations of totalitarism, massive and brutal violations of human rights, as well as to prevention of new incident of genocide, which, unfortunately, are not eliminated to this day.

It will have especial importance on the eve the 75th commemoration of Holodomor that preparation has already started in Ukraine.

I also would be grateful for Your kind personal efforts aimed at drawing attention of other members of Group of the European People's Party (Christian Democrats) and European Democrats and Your Committee to the necessity to sign Written Declaration.

I rely on Your understanding and assistance in this extremely important issue for us.

Sincerely Yours,

Borys Klimcuk