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PROVISIONAL OF THE SUPREME UKRAINIAN LIBERATION COUNCIL

(Summary)

This document establishes the organizational structure of the Supreme Ukrainian Liberation Council and sets out the rights, obligations and duties of individual bodies. The document is composed of six chapters. In the chapter "General Principles of the Organization of the Supreme Ukrainian Liberation Council", the Council is designated "the highest governing body of the Ukrainian nation" during the period of struggle for sovereignty. The Council consolidates and coordinates the activities of political groupings, "heads the liberation struggle", sets the line of pro-independence policy and acts to represent it "to the world". The chapter further deals with the question of the membership of the Supreme Ukrainian Liberation Council, which at the outset numbered twenty-five. In the final part of "General Principles", there is a list of the bodies through which the Supreme Ukrainian Liberation Council conducts its activities: the Grand Assembly, the Presidium, the General Secretariat, the General Court and the Board of Control. In addition to these main bodies, the Supreme Ukrainian Liberation Council is able to act through conferences, commissions, boards, bureaus and delegates sent abroad.

The chapter entitled "The Grand Assembly of the Supreme Ukrainian Liberation Council" designates the Grand Assembly the highest legislative and executive power. This body must meet at least once every year. In exceptional circumstances, it can pass resolutions by means of correspondence. Among the powers of the Grand Assembly are the election of the members of the Presidium and of the chairmen of the general bodies and the acceptance or expulsion of members. All matters are decided by a simple majority of votes, but for the enactment of changes in the organization of the Supreme Ukrainian Liberation Council and the expulsion of members, two-thirds of the votes are required, while for the dissolution of the Supreme Ukrainian Liberation Council, three-quarters of the votes must be obtained,

The following chapter, "The President and the Presidium of the Supreme Ukrainian Liberation Council", sets out the activities of the Presidium, which is composed of the president, three vice-presidents and four members. The Presidium of the Supreme Ukrainian Liberation Council acts continuously and its powers are similar to those of the Grand Assembly, except that its more important resolutions, such as those dealing with the co-optation of members or suspension of individuals in their rights as members, demand passage by the Grand Assembly. The President heads the activities of the Supreme Ukrainian Liberation Council and represents it externally. The matters that fall within his powers include the confirmation or the removal from office of members of the general bodies of the Supreme Ukrainian Liberation Council and of external delegates, the acceptance of members' oaths, the right of clemency, the chairmanship of the Presidium and of the conferences of the Supreme Ukrainian Liberation Council and so on.

The chapter entitled, "The General Secretariat of the Supreme Ukrainian Liberation Council"; sets out the activities of the General Secretariat, which fulfills the functions of a provisional government. The General Secretariat acts as a body and makes its decisions by a majority vote. The Secretariat and its members report to the Grand Assembly of the Supreme Ukrainian Liberation Council, to which they answer for their activities. Between sessions of the Grand Assembly, the Secretariat reports to the Presidium of the Supreme Ukrainian Liberation Council.

"The General Court", which is composed of three persons, administers judicial matters and interprets questions concerning the organization of the Supreme Ukrainian Liberation Council. For its activities, the General Court is responsible to the Grand Assembly of the Supreme Ukrainian Liberation Council. The chapter which deals with "The Board of Control"sets out activities of that institution. It is composed of three persons, who control the economic activities of all the bodies of the Supreme Ukrainian Liberation Council.

Yevhen Shtendera


Issue 2,    Spring 2000    Litopys
Published by Forum for the Studies of the History of the UPA
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