Washington, DC (UNIS) – The yearly commemoration of Captive Nations Week began 50 years ago in 1959 with the passage of PL 86-90 which stated:  “Whereas the enslavement of a substantial part of the world's population by Communist imperialism makes a mockery of the idea of peaceful coexistence between nations and constitutes a detriment to the natural bonds of understanding between the people of the United States and other peoples.”  Such phrases, documented yearly by each President in his Executive Proclamations, instilled hope for the nations enslaved by this tyrannical form of government. 

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Washington, DC (UNIS) – Following President Obama’s summit meeting with Russian President Medvedev, the European Subcommittee of the House Foreign Affairs Committee sponsored a hearing on July 28, 2009 entitled: “The Reset Button Has Been Pushed:  Kicking Off a New Era in U.S.-Russian Relations.”  The witnesses for this hearing included:  The Honorable Philip H. Gordon, Ph.D. - Assistant Secretary of State
Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs; and, The Honorable Celeste A. Wallander, Ph.D. -
Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Russia, Ukraine and Eurasia. 

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Washington, DC (UNIS) – As the summit between Presidents Obama and Medvedev draw near, many in Washington have begun to weigh-in on the deliberations and predict the upcoming discussions.  As early as two weeks ago on June 10, 2009, the Central and East European Coalition (CEEC) of which the Ukrainian Congress Committee of America (UCCA) is an active member, hosted a policy seminar on Capitol Hill entitled “Security in Central and Eastern Europe on the Eve of the Obama/Medvedev Summit.”  The guest speaker included Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) who, during his opening remarks, insisted that the United States “must reject the idea that the independent nations near Russia’s borders constitute any form of bargaining chip, to be traded away in pursuit of better ties with Moscow.”  The policy seminar raised important issues for consideration before President Obama meets with Russian leadership in July, and reflected the view of the CEEC that the countries of Central and Eastern Europe are an important part of U.S. security interests and need continued U.S. attention and support.

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