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
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
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.
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
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.