About one thousand foreign guests from 41 countries, including four Presidents, Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko, Israeli President Moshe Katsav, Croatian President Stjepan Mesic and Montenegrin President Filip Vujanovic, will take part in the International Forum "Let My People Live!" and events, timed to the 65th anniversary of the tragedy in Babiy Yar.

As presidential adviser for humanitarian affairs Markian Lubkivskyi told a Monday news briefing, a working group would be shortly formed in Ukraine of famous historians, politologists, sociologists to study the tragedy of Babiy Yar from the aspect of anti-Semitism and xenophobia. It will be not only implementation of relevant instructions by the President, but will also allow contributing to strengthening interethnic peace and concord in Ukraine.

As Lubkivskyi added, under the President's instruction a state historical - cultural reserve "Babiy Yar" would be created in Kyiv, Cabinet's press office reported.

The Ukrainian initiative is a unique one, as the tragedy of Babiy Yar, as the Jewish topic in general, were prohibited and concealed in the totalitarian Soviet Union, he noted. However, these topics have practically not been studied in independent Ukraine.


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