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The Security Service of Ukraine and the Institute of National Remembrance of the Republic of Poland signed an Archives Cooperation Agreement
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3 August 2009

 

In accordance with the archives cooperation agreements reached between the President of Ukraine Viktor Yushchenko and the President of the Republic of Poland Lech Kaczynski, a Cooperation Agreement between the Security Service of Ukraine and the Institute of National Remembrance of the Republic of Poland was signed on August 3, 2009 in Kyiv.

This Agreement is a next step in the fulfillment of the Decree of the President of Ukraine “On declassification, promulgation and study of the archival documents relating to the Ukrainian liberation movement, political repressions and holodomors in Ukraine” of January 23, 2009.

The signed Agreement will allow to extend the sphere of cooperation, to establish its new forms, notably using modern information technologies – making electronic copies of declassified documents, creating integral databases of archives concerning common history of two countries and ensuring free access of all interested people, first of all scientists, journalists, students, to the objective information about holodomors in Ukraine and crimes of 1917-1991 totalitarian regimes.

The Agreement was signed by the Head of the Security Service of Ukraine Valentyn Nalyvaichenko and the President of the Institute of National Remembrance Yanush Kurtyka.

Signing of the Agreement took place in the Information and reference desk (open electronic archive) of the Security Service of Ukraine opened on October 2, 2008 in Kyiv in accordance with the Decree of the President of Ukraine Viktor Yushchenko concerning thorough study and objective coverage of the history of Ukrainian people. The large-scale work of the Security Service of Ukraine on creation of open electronic archives in all the regions of Ukraine and in the city of Sebastopol ended with the opening of the Information and reference desk in the Directorate of the Security Service of Ukraine in Poltava region on July 31, 2009.

Today, on August 3, 2009 the Head of the Security Service of Ukraine Valentyn Nalyvaichenko carried out the negotiations with the President of the Institute of National Remembrance of the Republic of Poland Yanush Kurtyka.

V. Nalyvaichenko emphasized that “the Security Service of Ukraine doesn’t afraid of awkward themes concerning our common history, which is proved by promulgation of archival documents concerning Ukrainian-Polish conflict during the WWII and resettlement of Ukrainians to Poland under the Operation Visla in 1947. Way to the historical truth is always difficult but over the years we overcame a good few of difficulties not just concerning the search of corresponding archive documents but also producing of objective view of complicated and disputable pages of our history”.

Yanush Kurtyka emphasized: “Our cooperation is of pragmatic and concrete character. We should examine dictatorship of the communism and the period of the dictatorship of the communism because all of us know how dangerous this period and this dictatorship were for us”. In his opinion “this just signed agreement will facilitate not just the exchange of documents between the Archives of the Security Service of Ukraine and the Institute of National Remembrance of the Republic of Poland but also the development of intergovernmental relations between Ukraine and Poland”.

During the meeting, sides mentioned that the creation of unique publication “Poland and Ukraine in 1930-40s of the twentieth century. The unknown documents from the special services’ archives” is a result of close cooperation of many years between the Security Service of Ukraine and the Institute of National Remembrance of the Republic of Poland. 7 volumes of joint series were published within 1995-2009, preparation of the eight volume “The Great Terror in Ukraine: Polish Operation in 1937-1938” is finishing. Several volumes will be published soon, in particular about the activity of Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists (OUN) and Ukrainian Insurgent Army (UPA) in Poland in 1939-1950s. Joint documental album about Chernobyl tragedy and its consequences is being prepared for publishing.

 


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