The International Republican Institute hosted His Excellency Borys Tarasiuk at a luncheon during his trip to the United States this week.  To view the event click on the link below.  

During his remarks (PDF), Mr. Tarasiuk announced that President Yushchenko had accepted IRI’s invitation to host an event for him later in the spring when he visits the United States.  He also shared his thoughts on the experience of the Orange Revolution, the importance of the U.S. Ukraine relationship and the role the U.S. can play in helping Ukraine and other countries establish democratic states.  

Tarasiuk was appointed Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine by President Viktor Yushchenko on February 4, 2005.  Prior to his appointment to the new Ukrainian government, he served as a Member of Parliament of Ukraine.  He was elected on the list of “Our Ukraine” political bloc of parties in the 2002 parliamentary elections.  

From 1998 to 2000, Tarasiuk served as the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine and National Security and Defense Council member.  Prior to that, he headed the Mission of Ukraine to NATO and from 1995 to 1998 served as the Representative of Ukraine to the Western European Union.  From 1995 to 1998, he served as the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Ukraine to the Kingdom of Belgium, Kingdom of the Netherlands and the Great Duchy of Luxembourg.

From 1994 to 1995, Tarasiuk served as the First Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine.  From 1993 to 1995, he also chaired the State Inter-Agency Commission for Ukraine’s accession to the Council of Europe.

From 1992 to 1995, Tarasiuk served as Chairman of the National Committee of Ukraine for Disarmament as well as the Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine.  In 1991, Tarasiuk headed the Private Office of the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine and in 1990 he served as Counselor of the Foreign Ministry.  He began his career on the Kyiv-based staff of the Foreign Ministry and at the Ukraine’s Mission to the United Nations.  

Tarasiuk is the Chairman of the political party “The People’s Movement (Rukh) of Ukraine.”  He is a member of the Ukrainian-American Consultative Committee and sits on the Board of Directors of the East-West Institute.  Tarasiuk is the founder and Director of the Institute for Euro-Atlantic Cooperation, and a member of the National Council for Adaptation of the Ukrainian Legislation to EU legislation.

Tarasiuk graduated from the Kyiv Taras Schevchenko University, Department of International Relations and International Law.

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