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UNESCO Calls On Its Member-Countries To Honor Memories Of Victims Of 1932-1933 Famine In Ukraine (15:40, Thursday, November 1, 2007)

The General Conference of UNESCO has called on the member-countries of the organization to honor the memories of the victims of the 1932-1933 famine in Ukraine.

The press service of the Ukrainian Foreign Affairs Ministry announced this in a statement, a text of which Ukrainian News obtained.

According to the statement, the 34th session of the General Conference of UNESCO adopted a resolution on honoring the memories of the victims of the 1932-1933 famine in Ukraine on November 1.

According to the resolution, the tragedy of the famine should be a warning to the present and future generations to abide by democratic values, human rights, and the law.

It expresses condolences to the victims of the 1932-1933 famine in Ukraine as well as the victims of the famines that occurred in Russia, Kazakhstan, and other former Soviet republics.

Moreover, the General Conference welcomed the initiative of Ukraine to organize the commemorations on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the 1932-1933 famine in Ukraine and encouraged UNESCO member-states to take part in those events.

UNESCO also requests that its director-general promote awareness of remembrance of the 1932-1933 famine in Ukraine by incorporating this knowledge into the educational programs aimed at inculcating the lessons of this tragic event in future generations.

As Ukrainian News earlier reported, the Foreign Affairs Ministry presented the draft of the resolution on infirming member-states of UNESCO about the 1932-1933 famine in Ukraine to UNESCO for consideration on October 4.

President Viktor Yuschenko has declared 2008 as the year of remembrance of the victims of the 1932-1933 famine in Ukraine.

The Ukrainian parliament declared the 1932-1933 famine in Ukraine as an act of genocide against the Ukrainian people in 2006.

Ukraine will honor the memories of the victims of famines and political repression on November 25.

Between 3 million and 7 million people died in the 1932-1933 famine in Ukraine, according to various estimates.

Moreover, according to several historians, there were famines in Ukraine in the 1921-1923 and 1946-1947 periods.

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