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2 Oct 2015

Lukashenko: Belarusians are confident in their future, stability and protection of the state

MINSK, 2 October (BelTA) – The atmosphere of confidence of people in their future, in the stability and protection of the state is created in the country, Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko said as he spoke during the Prayer for Belarus ceremony in the All Saints Memorial Temple in Minsk on 2 October, BelTA has learned.

Alexander Lukashenko said that the country has made big progress in the resolution of one of the most acute modern issues, which is typical of and very important for Europeans – the demographic issue. The life expectancy and birth rate have increased in Belarus. According to the head of state, social protection programs help a lot. “Perhaps, another important factor is the creation of the atmosphere of confidence of people in their future, in the stability and protection of the state,” the President said.

The head of state emphasized that secular principles of the today’s life rely on religious principles and ideas. “Commandments set out in the Bible, Torah, Koran are the moral compass determining and regulating people’s behavior. As a rule, when the society begins to ignore or misinterpret these values, to listen to quacks, false prophets and visionaries, social cataclysms emerge. Words are transformed into destructive weapons,” the President believes.

“Trust me, the war and people’s deaths are horrifying. But it is even more horrifying when we abandon moral principles. Wounds from wars heal. World War Two and the Great Patriotic war are the testimony to that. But the violation of fundamental moral principles will be remembered forever. Therefore, we must be very cautious and careful, especially in this restless and sometimes odd time,” the head of state said.

“Today the strengthening of our statehood heavily depends on the fact whether the worldview of a pastor or an activist of a social and cultural association correlates with his or her respect of the nation and trust to the country,” the head of state emphasized.

“Many people present here have different opinions and religious views. But we have a common objective to reconcile positions on socially important issues. We must teach our citizens to understand each other and be good neighbors. We must promote mercy, religious tolerance, accord and care of other people,” the President said.

In his opinion, the consolidation of high moral ideals, education and bringing up of a younger generation, support of families, maternity and childhood are the priorities. “In short, we must ensure the decent present and future of our country,” Alexander Lukashenko stressed.

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