Tuesday, March 02, 2010
Lviv City Council to approve address to European Parliament over hero title award for Bandera
Lviv City Council will hold an extraordinary meeting on March 3 to approve an address to the European Parliament concerning a resolution it passed deploring former Ukrainian President Victor Yushchenko's decision to posthumously award Stepan Bandera, the leader of the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists, the title of Hero of Ukraine.
The council's presidium took the decision on Mar. 2.
Lviv City Council's deputies think that this clause of the resolution has no legal and historical substantiation and will demand that it be cancelled.
They said that while passing such a resolution, MEPs had been "misinformed by anti-Ukrainian forces" and had not known who Bandera was.
In this connection, the address will contain a detailed biographical reference about Bandera, which will be drafted by historians. Lviv City Council is planning to pass the copies of this reference to all MEPs.
As reported, the European Parliament, in its resolution passed on February 25, said that it "deeply deplores the decision by the outgoing President of Ukraine, Viktor Yuschenko, to posthumously award Stepan Bandera, a leader of the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists (OUN), which collaborated with Nazi Germany, the title of 'National Hero of Ukraine.'" In this regard, the European Parliament expressed hope that "the new Ukrainian leadership will reconsider such decisions and will maintain its commitment to European values."
Source: Kyiv Post