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21 Apr 2017

Lukashenko stresses importance of people’s unity for preserving Belarus’ sovereignty

Lukashenko stresses importance of people’s unity for preserving Belarus’ sovereignty

MINSK, 21 April (BelTA) – The unity of the people is crucial for preserving the country’s sovereignty, Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko said in his State of the Nation Address on 21 April, BelTA has learned.

“To preserve the sovereignty of the young Belarusian state, a lot should be done. First of all, we should protect our unity, the unity of the Belarusian people. This is not just words. It is an immutable law that grows out of our historical experience,” the head of state noted.

Alexander Lukashenko emphasized: “A united nation is able to solve the most pressing issues as it can mobilize its resources and focus its efforts on priority tasks. We have seen this several times over the quarter of a century of our independence.”

Concluding his State of the Nation address, the Belarusian leader named his priorities as the head of state. “For centuries our people were tormented, looted, destroyed, or ignored at best. So I always dreamed of freedom. To live by own wits not looking back at anyone, to make our land more beautiful, to develop national traditions and culture, to peacefully work for ourselves and our children, for the benefit of the long-suffering Homeland. The dream came true. We live in the independent state. It was incredibly difficult to win that freedom. But it is much more difficult to defend it. Today, when the world is tangled in a new geopolitical fight, we understand this especially well. Not only do we understand it. We feel it,” Alexander Lukashenko noted.

Belarus has a strong economic potential which has held its ground under the blows of world crises. “No matter what, we have always continued to move forward, to invest in the modernization of enterprises and social development, to look for friends and partners around the world, to develop new markets for our products. So today we have everything to revive the economy, start major projects, give new impetus to business and creative energy of people. The main thing is to have the will to win, and self-confidence. This means that everything is in our hands. We know how to do everything. We will cope,” Alexander Lukashenko noted.

The president wished everyone good health, peace and happiness.

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