PRIME MINISTER REAFFIRMS COMMITMENT TO PROMOTE REMEMBRANCE OF HOLODOMOR

21.11.08


In a letter to the AUGB's Chief Executive Officer, the Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, has reiterrated the UK Government's positive position on honouring the memory of those who perished during the Holodomor and encouraging the promotion of its remembrance.

Significantly, the Prime Minister recalls the UK's support of statements at UNESCO and the OSCE and he reaffirms that "wherever possible, we will continue to support Ukraine's efforts to raise the Famine of 1932-33 in other international fora".

The separate visits to Kyiv of the Foreign Secretary and HRH The Duke of York earlier this year where they laid a wreath and commemorative candles at the Holodomor memorial are also highlighted in the letter.

In conclusion the Prime Minister says:  "I hope the ceremony on 22 November will pay fitting tribute to those who suffered during the horrific events of 1932-33 and help ensure there can be no repetition in the future.  I regret I am unable to attend the ceremony myself, but the UK will be represented, and I am pleased to send a written message, a copy of which I enclose, to mark this important occasion".

For the full text of the letter, please click here.

For the written message referred to in the PM's letter, click here.



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