The statement pays tribute to the victims of the Holodomor and emphasizes that “this is one of the greatest tragedies of the 20th century, a century of extreme evil and suffering.”
Noting that millions of people died of starvation as a result of “Stalin’s cruel policy,” the statement emphasizes that “on this tragic day, we would like to honor the memory of the dead and express our sincere condolences to their families and loved ones, as well as to the Ukrainian people, who were directly affected by hunger.”
“It is important not to forget the Holodomor that claimed the lives of so many Ukrainians,” the statement said. “Their memory reminds us of the importance of strengthening accountability, as well as the rule of law and respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms, in order to prevent future human tragedies.”
According to the statement, “Food and hunger should never be used as a weapon.”
Together with Georgia, the statement was signed by EU candidate countries – North Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, Albania, Ukraine and Moldova, as well as the countries of the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) – Iceland and Liechtenstein, as well as Andorra and San Marino.