LOS ANGELES–Los Angels Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and ANCA-WR Chairman Steven Dadaian welcomed Ukraine’s First Lady Kateryna Yuschenko to Southern California during a private reception on Friday–June 6 at Los Angeles International Airport.
During his conversation with the First Lady–Dadaian touched on the common history of oppression and genocide suffered by both the Armenian and Ukrainian people during the 20th century and the need to work together in addressing the issue of genocide.
Mrs. Yuschenko thanked the ANCA for its support of genocide awareness in the United States–noting ANCA’s valuable support in passing Ukrainian genocide remembrance legislation recently. She also fondly recalled her involvement–in the 1980s–in Ukrainian-American public affairs in Washington–DC.
Accompanying the First Lady were Ukraine’s Ambassador to the United States Dr. Oleh Shamshur–Consul General of Ukraine Mykola Tochytskyi–and Ukrainian American leader Peter Borisow.
The First Lady’s visit to the US includes meetings with health care professionals–businessmen–economic development experts–government officials–and leaders of the Ukrainian diaspora in Washington–DC–Philadelphia–San Francisco–and Los Angeles–in an effort to garner support for the Ukraine 3000 Foundation and for healthcare programs for Ukraine’s youth.
Explaining the goal of the foundation–Mrs. Yuschenko said it is to help "Ukraine create its own future and realize its global destiny. Hence–the mission of the foundation is to facilitate the search for an optimal path to Ukraine’s strategic development and making this clear for the Ukrainian population."
Dadaian wished the First Lady success in advancing the worthy mission–as well as a safe trip home.