BRAMA, May 6, 2005, 1:00 pm ET|
Ukrainian Consulate responds to "The good, the bad, and the ugly..."
The Consulate General of Ukraine
in New York
240 East 49th Street,
New York, NY 10017
[tel] (8101212) 371 6965
[fax] (8101212) 371 5547
Dear fellow Ukrainians, dear friends.
An article on May 5 called The good, the bad and the ugly… made us appeal to those of you mentioned in the article as "bad and the ugly".
"Let us not speak of them, but look, and pass" (Dante Alighieri, Divine Comedy, Inferno, III, 51)
To tell you the truth, we were indignant with the information presented by the author of the article and our first desire was to disprove, step by step, every and each critical remark stated in the article, starting with the fact that we did not need (and did not have) any "go-betweeners" in our communication with the Kennedy Library Foundation, Boston Shriners Hospital or Ukrainian community members, most of whom we have the honor to know or be their friends.
But then we thought: Let's not waist our time. The work we are doing together is our advocate.
Weeks before the arrival of the Ukrainian delegation headed by the President Yushchenko to Boston kept us all busy and excited at the same time: we were honored to meet the leaders of the Orange revolution, our country leaders. All of us did a great job while preparing to this visit. We also knew that it was a big responsibility of ours.
That very day, April 5, we were also busy: the members of the official delegation headed by President Yushchenko were doing their job - strengthening the relation with our strategic partner, the United States, the members of President Yushchenko staff and we, as the Ukrainian consular officers, were doing our job in providing all the necessary arrangements, Mr. Askold Lozynskyj was following the protocol and as the Ukrainian World Congress President was among the first to greet President Yushchenko, the members of the Ukrainian American community were doing their very important job - welcoming the Ukrainian President and letting their leader know that they are proud of his courage… The Consulate General of Ukraine also expresses its deep appreciation to the Ukrainian National Women's league of America and to its President Ms. Iryna Kurowyckyj for providing its account to transfer money provided by the Ukrainians of the USA for 5-year old Nastya Ovchar…
We did not have time to hunt out the other people's errors or to listen to somebody's private conversations (security guard's, for example). Instead we were doing our job, together.
Esteemed friends, we thank you all for your assistance and your participation. We are confident that on April 5 all of you observed the faces of the people at the JFK Library were nothing short of amazement. This is, apart from the work we do, must be one more advocate of ours.
The most important thing is that you have been working for the sake of Ukraine for many years. Everybody in Ukraine does and we do appreciate everything you've done for our country.
Still, we have a lot of work to do.
Let's not pay attention to those who are just envy of our success. Let us not speak of them, but look, and pass…
Consulate General of Ukraine in New York