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We previously reported on CYMnet on the formation and activities of the Ukrainian Youth Association of Estonia. Here we submit ongoing news about the activites of our druzi in this Baltic country.

Photo: (left to right) Editor of newspaper "Reformist" Evhen Juriari, Estonian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Vice Chair of the Reform Party Kristiina Ojuland, President of UYAE Volodymyr Palamar, Vice President of UYAE Oksana Herchenko.

On 15 September 2004 at the offices of the Association of Ukrainian Organizations in Estonia, a meeting took place between representatives of the Ukrainian Youth Association of Estonia, and the Vice Chairman of the Reform Party and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Estonia, Kristiina Ojuland.

The meeting's agenda included topics related to the integration of Ukrainian youth, as a non-native population in the Estonian commuity, and also relations between Estonia and the European Union. The high ranking guest officials brought to the attention of the head of the Ukrainian Youth Association of Estonia, Mr. Volodymyr Palamar, the important role of the UYAE's members in the political scene in Estonia, and discussed with him possible future plans for cooperation. The two parties of these discussions plan to conduct joint cultural and political events.

Our Commentary
The Ukrainian community in Estonia is fairly numerous (close to 35 thousand) and influential. Ukrainians are second in number only to Russians in the list of ethnic minorities of Estonia. Ukrainians enjoy a friendly and favorable status in the eyes of Estonians and their government, in that they are loyal citizens who respect the natives of this land and their longing to build and evolve their government and country. Many Ukrainians here have Estonian citizenship; others are citizens of Ukraine or individuals without Estonian citizenship but with permanent resident status there. Subsequently, political parties and governmental organs both work to integrate these Ukrainians into the general community life in the country, while at the same time are eager to obtain their support in elections and cooperation in political processes.

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Photo: (left to right) President of UYAE Volodymyr Palamar, Vice President of UYAE Oksana Herchenko, President of the Association of Ukrainian Organizations in Estonia, Vladyslav Riznychenko.
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