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06KIEV2526, UKRAINE: FM TARASYUK ON COALITION AGREEMENT,

June 29, 2006

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06KIEV2526 2006-06-29 13:37 2011-08-30 01:44 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Kyiv
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C O N F I D E N T I A L SECTION 01 OF 02 KIEV 002526 

SIPDIS 

SIPDIS 

E.O. 12958: DECL: 06/27/2016 
TAGS: PGOV PHUM PREL AORC KCRM PINR IZ UP
SUBJECT: UKRAINE: FM TARASYUK ON COALITION AGREEMENT, 
ANTI-SEMITISM 

REF: A. KIEV 2503 

     B. KIEV 2500 

Classified By: DCM Sheila S. Gwaltney for reasons 1.4 (b,d). 

1. (SBU) Summary:  In a June 23 meeting with the American 
Jewish Committee (AJC), Acting Foreign Minister Tarasyuk said 
Ukraine would not join moves against Israel in the new UN 
Council for Human Rights and undertook to examine the 
possibility of withdrawing Ukrainian membership in the UN 
Committee on the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian 
People.  He also said he would pass on several of AJC's 
suggestions regarding ways to counter anti-Semitic activities 
of MAUP and to deal with anti-Semitic crimes.  Tarasyuk said 
the Orange Coalition agreement committed the next government 
to maintain President Yushchenko's foreign policy goals and 
to undertake sweeping reforms of Ukraine's law enforcement 
bodies to bring Ukraine in line with European standards.  End 
summary. 

Support to Israel 
----------------- 

2. (U) Acting Foreign Minister Borys Tarasyuk had a cordial 
meeting June 23 with an American Jewish Committee delegation 
led by AJC Executive Director David Harris.   Tarasyuk noted 
the Ukrainian government planned to host an international 
forum on the Holocaust on September 27, the 65th anniversary 
of Babyn Yar.  Harris said AJC was aware of the gathering and 
planned to attend. 

3. (SBU) After describing atmospherics at the delegation's 
other stops on its trip, Harris appealed for Ukrainian 
government help at the United Nations.  Since 1965, the UN 
Committee on the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People 
had been part of a systematic attack by certain UN 
member-states on the legitimacy of the state of Israel.  Its 
25 members included Ukraine.  Harris encouraged Ukraine to 
quit the committee.  Harris also congratulated Ukraine for 
its membership on the new UN Human Rights Council.  AJC was 
watching the Council's first meetings with interest, but its 
hopes that the Council would be a marked improvement over its 
predecessor organization were not materializing.  The 
Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) had met and, 
pushed particularly by Egypt, Iran, and Pakistan, was 
advocating a separate discussion at the Human Rights Council 
on the status of Israel.  Harris encouraged Ukraine to oppose 
negative developments that would mean the Human Rights 
Council would fail to be an improvement over its predecessor, 
the Human Rights Commission. 

4. (SBU) Tarasyuk thanked Harris for drawing his attention to 
the fact that Ukraine's membership on the UN Committee on the 
Palestinian People was an irritant in AJC's relationship with 
Ukraine.  He promised to put the matter on the agenda for the 
Ukrainian government's internal discussions.  Tarasyuk said 
Ukraine had begun to align itself with the U.S. and EU 
positions in the earlier UN Commission on Human Rights and 
planned to continue to do so in the new Council.  Ukraine 
would not participate in any campaign that was hostile to 
Israel and would not support attempts such as the one Harris 
described.  Tarasyuk would send instructions to the Ukrainian 
delegation not to side with countries attacking Israel. 

Anti-Semitism and MAUP 
---------------------- 

5. (SBU) Harris said anti-Semitism was a global phenomenon 
and not limited to Ukraine; every country should be vigilant 
in countering manifestations of anti-Semitism.  Law 
enforcement and the judicial system had to prosecute hate 
crimes aggressively, and the educational system needed to 
promote tolerance.  AJC would look to Tarasyuk and his 
colleagues to do everything possible to combat anti-Semitism, 
especially since the Orange Revolution had been partly a 
struggle by defenders of pluralistic values.  Tarasyuk agreed 
with Harris but noted that he did not believe that 
manifestations of anti-Semitism were systemic in Ukraine or 
that Ukrainian law enforcement was lax.  In fact, he could 
cite several criminal cases in which perpetrators had been 
punished.  The Ukrainian government was also continuing to 
take action against the anti-Semitic Inter-Regional Academy 
of Personnel Management (known by its Ukrainian acronym MAUP) 
and had withdrawn licenses for several of MAUP's regional 
offices. 

6. (SBU) Harris said AJC was aware that MAUP licenses had 
been revoked, but stressed that MAUP's activities had become 
a matter of high-level concern that had reached the ears of 
some members of the U.S. Congress.  He urged the Ukrainian 
government to pursue revocation of additional licenses and 

KIEV 00002526  002 OF 002 

suggested that it could also investigate MAUP's sources of 
funding.  Harris had heard, for example, that MAUP had 
received financial and material support from the Palestinian 
Embassy.  While the question of whether Ukrainian laws had 
been violated was an inte
rnal Ukrainian decision, Harris 
hoped there might be grounds to prosecute if funds were 
provided for the purpose of inciting racial hatred. 

7. (SBU) Harris noted many countries preferred to prosecute 
acts of anti-Semitism under "hooliganism" charges, since 
proving intent or pre-meditation to establish a hate crime 
was difficult.  Nevertheless, more serious charges were 
sometimes warranted.  OSCE's Office of Democratic 
Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) had developed a good 
course directed to law enforcement personnel on procedures to 
investigate and prosecute hate crimes.  Harris said he was 
pleased to inform Tarasyuk that Ukrainian law enforcement had 
participated in the training.  Tarasyuk undertook to relay 
Harris' suggestions to the Ukrainian Prosecutor's General 
Office (PGO) and the Ministry of Interior (MOI). 

Coalition Agreement: European and Euro-Atlantic Course 
--------------------------------------------- --------- 

8. (SBU) Responding to Harris' question, Tarasyuk said the 
coalition agreement was important because it would define the 
ruling coalition's future activity.  The coalition agreement 
would change the Ukrainian government's approach on many 
issues, including law enforcement and the essential 
activities of the PGO, MOI, and the judiciary.  After a long 
debate, the newly agreed-upon Orange Coalition (or "Coalition 
of Democratic Forces") would make fundamental reforms. 

9.  Providing one example, Tarasyuk noted the responsibility 
for carrying out criminal investigations was spread across 
the Ukrainian Security Service (SBU), the PGO, and MOI.  The 
planned reform would concentrate the function in a new 
investigative body, the National Bureau of Investigation 
(NBI), which Tarasyuk expected would be stood up by the end 
of the year.  The reforms also envisioned transforming MOI 
from a Soviet-style structure to a structure patterned after 
Western European ministries.  The judiciary would also be 
reformed, so that it was a less corrupt institution.  In this 
regard, Tarasyuk was grateful for USG assistance provided 
through the Millennium Challenge Corporation. 

10. (C) After a hot debate, Orange Coalition members had also 
agreed on an approach that would introduce market mechanisms 
into sales of agricultural land, Tarasyuk continued. 
Tarasyuk could not relate all the details, but the Orange 
Coalition had also overcome resistance from the Socialists 
(who, Tarasyuk commented wryly, were not socialists but 
really communists).  There would be no change of President 
Yushchenko's foreign policy objectives under the second 
Orange Coalition incarnation, Tarasyuk averred.  Ukraine 
would continue to pursue membership in both NATO and the EU, 
as well as passing legislation in the fall necessary for WTO 
membership.  Orange Coalition members had agreed internally 
and privately that the new prime minister would send a letter 
to NATO expressing the Ukrainian government's continuing 
interest in receiving a NATO Membership Action Plan (MAP). 
Harris assured Tarasyuk that AJC, while an NGO and not a 
governmental representative, remained an enthusiastic 
supporter of Ukraine's NATO aspirations.  It maintained 
offices in Brussels, Rome, Berlin, and Warsaw and would 
utilize its contacts to support Ukraine's push for NATO 
membership. 

11. (U) Visit Embassy Kiev's classified website: 
www.state.sgov.gov/p/eur/kiev. 
Taylor

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