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MTOT hosted a meeting with the HelpAge International Delegation in Ukraine
13.02.2018 | 15:21
MINISTRY FOR TEMPORARY OCCUPIED TERRITORIES AND INTERNALLY DISPLACED PERSONS OF UKRAINE

The Ministry for Temporary Occupied Territories and Internally Displaced Persons of Ukraine (MTOT) hosted a meeting of Deputy Minister Georgii Tuka with representatives of the HelpAge International in Ukraine.
In the framework of the Memorandum of Understanding signed between the MTOT and the Representative Office of the HelpAge International in Ukraine, dated December 29, 2017, Deputy Minister Georgii Tuka held a meeting during which the parties discussed the issues of further cooperation and coordination of activities in the east of Ukraine to
promote the right of older people and people with disabilities residing in the east of Ukraine.

Head of the HelpAge International Representative Office in Ukraine Mr. Ian James Clarke told about the experience of the organization of work with the elderly people all around the world, about the need to support them, since such people are rather active and possess significant life experience and their own life’s philosophy.

"Our priority is to support the elderly. First of all, those are people in the east, and then - people from other regions. We look forward to regular meetings for a dialogue. Our Office has a great deal of experience working with older people and we want our initiative to be supported not only by MTOT but by other organizations, hence, we are asking for your help in nurturing such cooperation," said Mr. Ian James Clark.

In turn, Deputy Minister Georgii Tuka expressed gratitude to the Delegation for such an initiative and informed the guests about the need to support, first of all, the elderly living in settlements that had been liberated recently from illegal armed groups and taken under the control by the Ukrainian authorities.

"First of all, I wish to utter my gratitude to you for you have shown your willingness to work in Ukraine. Currently, some of the settlements that have recently been taken under the control of the Ukrainian authorities require attention as there are mostly aged persons residing there. And I want to draw attention that assistance should be provided for them, in first place, as a problem of ending the food program for Ukraine occurred and help for these people will be just vital," stressed Georgii Tuka.

At the end of the meeting, the parties agreed to meet on regular basis to exchange information and work experience. They also considered the proposal to establish territorial centers of assistance, and Georgii Tuka emphasized a dialogue with local authorities should be maintained in this issue.

 

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