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.