Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko met with President of the Russian Jewish Congress (RJC) and head of the World Holocaust Forum Foundation Viatcheslav Kantor at the official presidential residence in Kiev.
RIA News reports that Yushchenko and Kantor discussed preparations for the Second World Holocaust Forum, to be held in Kiev.
During the meeting, both men underscored the importance of holding World Holocaust Forums and discussed the state of preparations for the Second World Holocaust Forum, which will be held in Kiev in September. Yushchenko praised the initiatives undertaken by Jewish organizations in Ukraine and around the world.
“The Holocaust is not just a Jewish tragedy; it is a tragedy that belongs to the whole world,” Yushchenko stated. Kantor thanked the Ukrainian president for his “…careful attention to this problem and thorough study of the issues.”
Kantor called the upcoming forum in Babi Yar, Kiev “…a pulpit from which world leaders can come together to take a united stand against the growing dangers of xenophobia and racial intolerance, which raise their heads in an atmosphere of weak historical memory and conscious denial of the Holocaust.”