Former Soviet republics rejected Friday a proposal from Ukraine to discuss a famine in the 1930s that Kiev sees as an act of genocide perpetrated by Moscow, RIA Novosty reported.

Foreign Minister Borys Tarasyuk wanted his counterparts from the Commonwealth of Independent States to debate the famine, known as Holodomor, in Ukraine in 1932-1933, which claimed the lives of millions of people and which Kiev says was deliberately caused by the rulers of Soviet Russia.

But his colleagues from the other former Soviet republics failed to support his proposal to put the issue on the agenda of their meeting in Moscow.

Last year, President Victor Yushchenko called on the UN to recognize Holodomor as genocide and thanked the countries that had already done so for help in "breaking the conspiracy of silence."


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