The resolution, entitled “On the prevention of hunger and scarcity as a weapon of war against the local population,” was passed unanimously.
The election petition refers to the commemoration of the 90th anniversary of the Holodomor, which is called “a cruel famine that was deliberately and systematically provoked by the Soviet Union against the population, especially in the territory of Ukraine in 1932-1933 and which, according to various estimates, killed 3.5 to 7 million people .”
It was also noticed that in those days “this terrible crime” was not interested in the international community, and one of the few people in the West who protested against the Holodomor in the 1930s was the Cardinal of Vienna at the time, Theodor Innitzer.
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The authors of the document from different parliamentary parties announced their recognition of “the terrible crime of the Holodomor” and emphasized the importance of the contribution of such recognition to the analysis of the crimes of the 20th century as an important factor in understanding the past. The resolution also notes “the use of hunger as a weapon in Russia’s current war against Ukraine.”
In the resolution adopted, the National Council recommends that the Austrian government, in particular the Federal Minister of European and International Affairs, “continues to promote, within the framework of Austria’s process of dialogue (with Russia), the hunger and scarcity. are not used as a weapon against the citizens or as a means of pressure on the government, but also to strengthen parallels between history and the present, and condemning the corresponding crimes.
Prior to this, there was a discussion among Austrian representatives about calling the Holodomor the 1932-1933 genocide. The anti-NEO movement clearly supported calling the Holodomor a genocide.
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Also, the spokesperson of the Austrian Greens party (part of the government coalition), Ewa Ernst-Dziedzic, said that “from a historical and political point of view” this was a crime against humanity and genocide.
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