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2 Jul 2019

Cohesion, national unity seen as crucial for Belarus’ future

Cohesion, national unity seen as crucial for Belarus’ future

MINSK, 2 July (BelTA) - The future of Belarus lies in the cohesion of the people and national unity, Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko said as he addressed the official event on the eve of Belarus’ Independence Day, BelTA has learned.

“History has taught us to cherish peace and independence, leaving differences and contradictions to the past. We know that the future of Belarus lies in the cohesion of the people and national unity. This is the biggest achievement of our country and the best legacy we will leave to our children and grandchildren,” Aleksandr Lukashenko said.

According to the president, the path of the Belarusian people towards independence was long, severals epochs long. “Along this path, we had it all, ups and downs. We would gain statehood and would be the most civilized on this territory. Today, looking at the events of the past centuries, we see that the formative process of the Belarusian nation, who was always in the epicenter of historical events and fortunes, was difficult but confident. The idea of establishing their own state by the right of national uniqueness and historical territory was growing stronger in the minds of people. And it happened so that it was us who got a chance to realize that dream. We gained our sovereignty and understand the great historical importance of this event,” the head of state noted.

There are two thousand large and small peoples in the world but only a tenth of them was able to establish their own states, make it a reality, Aleksandr Lukashenko noted. “For the quarter of a century of our independence, in the face of strong political, information and economic pressure (you remember it well as it happened recently) we managed to protect the sovereignty, maintain peace and order in the country. It has become our common victory in Belarus' newest history. Victory without war.  This is very important,” the president noted.

Bearing in mind the lessons of the past, Belarus maintains an international dialogue on the principles of good-neighborliness and mutual respect, preserves and maintains inter-religious and national concord, strives for the just and harmonious development of the society, the Belarusian leader said.

“Everything that is made in Belarus today is associated with the highest quality. This is thanks to you, everyone who loves their country, who works hard for the sake of our common goal: to make the country’s contemporary history glorious and even more beautiful. We know that everything is achievable if we believe in our strength, if we maintain peace and do our best for the sake of life on earth,” the head of state noted.

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