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4 Jun 2016

Kochanova: All nationalities enjoy equal rights in Belarus

Kochanova: All nationalities enjoy equal rights in Belarus

GRODNO, 4 June (BelTA) – All nationalities in Belarus enjoy equal rights, Belarus’ Deputy Prime Minister Natalia Kochanova said during the 11th Festival of National Cultures in Grodno on 5 June, BelTA has learned.

“Over 20 years of its existence the Festival of National Cultures has become an important event for the country. Today we can once again see that there are no divisions between the nationalities in Belarus. Today out country is home to 140 nationalities. There are over 200 national cultural public organizations. We are all different, but we have equal rights,” Natalia Kochanova said. She stressed that the country does its best to secure the development of every citizen of the country regardless his/her nationality and religion.

Kochanova: All nationalities enjoy equal rights in Belarus“We can see a wonderful festival here. It is great that every time it gets something new, makes new friends: today these are Americans, Syrians, Chechens, representatives of Sri Lanka,” said Natalia Kochanova. She noted she would like to see all the national programs at the festival as it is a good opportunity to learn about the culture, traditions and cuisine of the nations that live in Belarus.

“I would like to express gratitude to the authorities of Grodno and Grodno Oblast as well as to all residents of the oblast center for this wonderful feast,” said Natalia Kochanova.

The final of the 11th Festival of National Cultures took place in Grodno on 4-5 June. Partaking in the festival were representatives of nearly 40 nationalities. The festival of national cultures was first held in Belarus in 1996. It takes place every second year.

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