U.S.-Ukraine Foundation (USUF), Washington, D.C.,
Fri, Dec 23, 2005

WASHINGTON- The U.S.-Ukraine Foundation condemns the November
4, 2005 statements by the Interregional Academy of Personnel Management
(MAUP) as hateful, virulent and having no place in the public discourse in
Ukraine or anywhere else.

MAUP’s anti-Semitic statements supporting the Iranian President’s recent
call for Israel to be “wiped off the map” was an affront to decency that
provoked the unequivocal international condemnation it deserved.

Even before Ukraine’s independence the leadership council of the democratic
movement, Rukh, included representatives of all religious and ethnic groups
in Ukraine and advocated religious and ethnic tolerance and cooperation.

Since independence one of the most notable achievements of each successive
government of Ukraine has been a consistent commitment to defending the
religious and ethnic rights of all the people of Ukraine.

Current President Victor Yushchenko has continued this unambiguous
commitment by pledging to bring minority groups together and reconciling
historic conflicts.

The International Religious Freedom Report for 2005, published by the U.S.
State Department, recognized that “President Yushchenko has, since taking
office, spoken publicly about his vision of a Ukraine in which religious
freedom flourishes and people are genuinely free to worship as they please.”

There is no place in any civilized society for the type of vicious and
malignant sentiments being espoused in the name of MAUP. Such ugly views
must be openly and unequivocally denounced and not allowed to influence

and distort either Ukraine’s domestic or external dialogue. -30-
The U.S.-Ukraine Foundation, is a non-for-profit organization working in
Ukraine for 15 years “.to facilitate democratic development, encourage free
market reform, and enhance human rights in Ukraine. The Foundation
creates and sustains channels of communication between the United States
and Ukraine for the purpose of ‘Building Peace and Prosperity Through
Shared Democratic Values.’ USUF is dedicated to strengthening the mutual
objectives of both nations while advancing Ukraine as a cornerstone of
regional stability and as a full partner in the community of nations.”

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