In his letter to representatives of the Ukrainian diaspora, the president, first and foremost, outlined the main principles of Ukraine's foreign and home policy, and also expressed his position concerning relations with Ukrainians living abroad.
"I called, in particular, for a constructive dialog with the Ukrainian diaspora. I am ready to explain and interpret each of our steps. I want Ukrainians around the world to help their homeland find a way out of the difficult situation and not to impede this," reads the letter.
Yanukovych called on representatives of the diaspora to unite for the sake of realizing common Ukrainian interests. "I want all of us to defend the interests of our country. And I want you, there in America, to come out with slogans supporting your homeland and slogans supporting Ukraine. And not vice versa. We should speak all over the world with one voice - with the voice of Ukrainian national interests," he said.
Earlier, President of the Ukrainian Congress Committee of America Tamara Gallo said that the UCCA regretted that Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych, during his visit to Washington in April 2010, had found no time to meet with representatives of this largest organization of the Ukrainian diaspora.
She said that the organization had previously sent a formal request for a meeting with the Ukrainian leader who participated in a nuclear security summit, but had received no response or explanation.
The Ukrainian Congress Committee of America (UCCA) also published an open letter in which it called on President Viktor Yanukovych to reinstate a section on the Holodomor Famine of 1932-1933 on his official website.
Sections dedicated to the tragedy of the Holodomor of 1932-1933 have been recently posted on the president's official website again.
The UCCA was set up in 1940. According to the organization, it represents the interests of 1.5 million Americans of Ukrainian descent, and many Ukrainian citizens who now live in the United States.
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