Monday, 11 August 2008
August 8, 2008 The Ukrainian Congress Committee of America (UCCA), the
largest representative organization of the Ukrainian American community,
condemns the recent infringement of Georgia’s territorial integrity and
sovereignty by armed Russian troops in the South Ossettia region of
Georgia. This assault across the internationally recognized Georgian
border is a clear violation of worldwide norms and an affront to the
peaceful Georgian nation. Past tensions between the two sides, which until
recently have been handled in a diplomatic manner, have now risen to a
Russian-imposed armed military conflict with untold devastation and loss of
Georgian lives. As the Russian troop movement across the Georgian border
escalates, the UCCA calls upon the world community to condemn the violence
and encourages both sides to return to the negotiating table.
Unfortunately, such recent acts of Russian aggression have been paramount
to increased tensions not just in South Ossettia, but also within Ukraine -
in Crimea and specifically the port city of Sevastopil - where Russian
claims to Ukrainian territory are also of vital concern. Since the latest
NATO Summit in Bucharest in April 2008, whereby Ukraine and Georgia
received a positive endorsement for future NATO membership, Russian acts of
aggression - whether economic, political, or militaristic - have
increasingly grown against the two aspirant NATO countries. The Russian
government must heed to internationally recognized borders and preclude its
aggressive actions against its neighboring countries. A democratic Russia
that respects the territorial integrity of its neighbors, as well as
domestically upholds the principles of equal human rights and freedoms of
press and conscience for its citizens, will contribute to peace, stability
and security in the world. The world must condemn the recent attacks
against Georgia and prevent such hostility in the future.
On behalf of the UCCA Executive Board,
Michael Sawkiw, Jr., President
& Orest Baranyk, Chairman External Affairs
Octobr 17, 2008 - President Bush Discusses the Visa Waiver Program
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White House News
THE PRESIDENT: Thank you all. (Applause.) Please be seated, thank you. Welcome to the White House. I'm pleased to stand with the representatives of seven countries -- the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovakia, and South Korea -- that have met the requirements to be admitted to the United States Visa Waiver Program. Soon the citizens of these nations will be able to travel to the United States for business or tourism without a visa. I congratulate these close friends and allies on this achievement, and I thank you for joining us here.
I also thank Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Secretary of the Homeland -- Department of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff for working hard to make sure this day has finally arrived. Appreciate other members of the administration here and members of the Diplomatic Corps.
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