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Poroshenko calls on nations to recognise Holodomor as genocide of Ukrainian people
22:28, 20 September 2017
Poroshenko calls on nations to recognise Holodomor as genocide of Ukrainian people

The President of Ukraine called on nations to make their historic judgment on Holodomor

22:28, 20 September 2017

Reuters

In his speech at the 72nd United Nations General Assembly, broadcasted by 112.UA, President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko called on nations to make their historic judgment on Holodomor.

"The United Nations has always played a leading role in ensuring that the crimes of the past could never happen again. The 72nd session of the General Assembly coincides with the 85th Anniversary of one of the deadliest crimes of the 20th century – the crime of Holodomor. It was a man-made famine in Ukraine in 1932-1933 organized by the Stalin totalitarian regime that killed 7 to 10 million Ukrainians," Poroshenko said.

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The President emphasized that Dr. Raphael Lemkin, the author of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, adopted by the UN General Assembly in 1948, described that destruction of the Ukrainian nation as “the classic example of genocide”.

The president went on to appeal " to all UN member states to make their own historic judgement and to make decision by recognizing Holodomor as an act of genocide".

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As it was reported earlier, Poroshenko is currently on a working visit to New York for the 72nd United Nations General Assembly.

On September 19, Ukrainian Head of State held negotiations with Presidents of Poland, Austria, Slovakia, and head of European diplomacy Federica Mogherini.

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