November 7, 2002...New York and Toronto......The president of the
Ukrainian World Congress (UWC), Askold Lozynskyj, met with Ukraine's
Prime Minister Anatoliy Kinakh at the Cabinet of Ministers in Kyiv on
October 29, 2002.
President Lozynskyj and Prime Minister Kinakh discussed the following
issues: the participation of Ukrainians living outside of Ukraine (diaspora)
in the Great Famine observances in Ukraine; Ukrainian legislation on the
status of diaspora Ukrainians; funding for the Diaspora 2005 program; the
VIII Ukrainian World Congress and Ukraine's image abroad.
An agreement was reached between the two men to include diaspora
representatives in Ukraine National Great Famine Committee that is chaired
by Mr. Kinakh; that the Cabinet of Ministers would develop draft legislation
for Verkhovna Rada consideration on diaspora Ukrainian status; to itemize
funding for the Diaspora 2005 program in the 2003 budget; to fully support
the VIII Ukrainian World Congress and to establish a line of communication
and cooperation between the government of Ukraine and the diaspora
communities regarding Ukraine's image abroad.