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1 Jul 2017

Lukashenko: Belarusians have earned the right to live in a free land by surviving trying times

Lukashenko: Belarusians have earned the right to live in a free land by surviving trying times

MINSK, 1 July (BelTA) – By surviving trying times, Belarusians have earned the right to live in a free land, to be full-time participants of global processes. Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko made the statement in his speech during the solemn assembly held on 1 July on the occasion of Belarus’ Independence Day, BelTA has learned.

Alexander Lukashenko remarked that the idea of a nation state has been on the mind of every generation. Despite multiple wars, political and economic shocks the Belarusian nation has survived.

Alexander Lukashenko described the establishment of the Belarusian Soviet Socialist Republic (BSSR) as an important historical period. As part of the USSR this political and territorial entity was not a genuine sovereign state, yet it had many attributes of Belarusian statehood: the flag, the emblem, the constitution, the language, and organs of power.

The skeleton of independent Belarus stemmed from this foundation later on, noted Alexander Lukashenko. He reminded that the development was stopped by the treacherous assault by the Nazi Germany in 1941. Most cruel and inhumane ordeals fell upon Belarusian lands.

“We paid a huge price in that war. Back then our nation proved its right to live to the entire world. By recognizing the fateful role of the country’s liberation from the Nazi invaders, we timed the key state holiday – Day of Independence of the Republic of Belarus – to 3 July,” said the head of state.

The Chernobyl catastrophe was one of the most dreadful strategies of the humankind. Belarusians suffered the worst of the disaster and had to deal with its consequences on their own. “The situation looked desperate yet we persevered. We put systemic and consistent efforts into reviving the Chernobyl-affected region,” said Alexander Lukashenko.

“The rehabilitation of Chernobyl-affected lands is one of the most important accomplishments of ours. It is a tragic experience that the entire planet draws upon now. It allowed us to believe in our capabilities and make sure once again that we can deal with any hardships if we are united,” said the Belarusian leader.

Alexander Lukashenko described the overcoming of the deep economic recession and the social and political shocks of the 1990s as an equally important accomplishment. Belarus was the first ex-USSR republic to exceed the performance level of the economy before the perestroika and double it.

Alexander Lukashenko stressed that accomplishments of independent Belarus have been recognized by the international community. Those are accomplishments of Belarusian scientists, which have allowed the country to become a space power, accomplishments of the production sector, and industrial enterprises that penetrate new markets and assimilate science-intensive technologies.

“Today we focus on the economy of knowledge, which role has increased massively in the modern world. Creating an IT country is our ambitious yet achievable goal. By accomplishing it, we will make Belarus even more modern and prosperous, we will allow Belarusians to confidently look into the future,” stated the Belarusian leader.

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