Ukrainian Vice Prime Minister Dmytro Tabachnyk
"The International Conference on Genocide Prevention in Stockholm,
Threats and Responsibility;" Stockholm, Sweden
UKRINFORM, Kyiv, Ukraine, Tuesday, January 27, 2004
STOCKHOLM......Ukraine Will Keep Insisting on the International Community's
Recognition of the 1932-1933 Famine as an act of genocide against the people
of Ukraine, Vice Prime Minister Dmytro Tabachnyk said in his speech at The
International Conference on Genocide Prevention in Stockholm.
"The people of Ukraine are very sensitive on the problem of genocide as
under the totalitarian regime over seven million Ukrainians died in the
regime-orchestrated famine in Ukraine's countryside in 1932-1933. The
famine's devastating effects are still felt in Ukraine, and, though the
people of Ukraine do not mean to square accounts with the tragic past, we
will keep insisting on the international community's recognition of the
1932-1933 Famine as an act of genocide against the people of Ukraine,"
Ukrainian Vice Prime Minister Dmytro Tabachnyk said in his speech at the
International Conference into the Prevention of Genocide: Threats and
Responsibility, which opened in Stockholm on Monday, January 26 and is
scheduled to last through January 28.
Mr Tabachnyk is leading the Ukrainian delegation to the forum, in which
high-placed officials, including heads of state and government, from 60
countries are participating.
Within the forum's framework the Ukrainian delegation's head and members
(First Deputy Minister for Education and Science, V. Tkachenko; Vice
Chairman of the State Committee for Nationalities and Migration, V. Voronin)
are expected to meet with Swedish Minister for Policy Coordination, Par
Nuder; Swedish Minister for Matters of Children and Family, Berit Andnor;
Slovak Vice Premier, Pal Csaky, OSCE High Commissioner on National
Minorities, Rolf Ekeus; and Swedish parliament deputies, who are members
of the Group for Interparliamentary Cooperation with Ukraine.
The international forum is being attended, among other dignitaries, by UN
Secretary General Kofi Annan, EU Council Secretary General Javier Solana.
The forum's opening ceremony was attended by King Carl XVI Gustaf,
Queen Silvia and Crown Princess Victoria.