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UKRAINIAN DIASPORA WANTS POLAND TO REDRESS FORCIBLE RESETTLEMENT OF ETHNIC UKRAINIANS IN 1947. The World Ukrainian Congress, an umbrella organization for the Ukrainian diaspora in the West, has sent an open letter to the Council of Europe, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, the European Union, and the United Nations, urging these organizations to press the Polish government into condemning and redressing the forcible resettlement of ethnic Ukrainians in 1947, RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service reported on January 29. In April and May 1947, the Polish government conducted a military operation called Akcja Wisla, which relocated some 150,000 Ukrainians from their native areas in southeastern Poland to the country's northern and western territories, which were newly acquired from the defeated Third Reich. In addition, several thousand Ukrainian civilians were interned in a labor camp in Jaworzno. "We appeal to the President of Ukraine and Ukrainian communities throughout the world: join your Ukrainian brethren who suffered this injustice in commemorating this tragedy with requiems and conferences. To the President of Ukraine in particular we say: make this issue a component of contemporary Ukrainian-Polish relations. To our communities throughout the world we say: bring this matter to the attention of your governments so that they may impress upon the government of the Republic of Poland the need to address and redress in good faith and with reasonable tangibility," the World Ukrainian Congress said in a statement published on its website (http://www.ukrainianworldcongress.org). JM