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15 Jan 2014

Yegiazaryan: Belarusians are tolerant and respectful to other ethnicities

Yegiazaryan: Belarusians are tolerant and respectful to other ethnicities

MINSK, 15 January (BelTA) – Belarusian people are known for their tolerance and respectful attitude to representatives of other ethnicities, Chairman of the Advisory Interethnic Council under the Commissioner for Religions and Nationalities, Chairman of the Minsk Armenian Cultural Society Hayastan Georgy Yegiazaryan told a press conference on 15 January, BelTA has learnt.

“Belarus has no interethnic conflicts. The Belarusian people are known to be tolerant and respectful to representatives of other ethnicities. The country pursues the policy aimed at free development of different cultures, languages, traditions and religions. Conditions are being created so that representatives of other ethnicities could learn their native language, and could tell about the identity of their people,” Georgy Yegiazaryan said. For instance, Armenians have an opportunity to learn their language, history and culture at Minsk school No.4 on Sundays.

Since 2007 Belarus has conducted public opinion polls on interethnic problems, said Lev Krishtapovich, deputy director of the information and analysis center of the Presidential Administration of Belarus, Doctor of Philosophy. According to these studies, about 95% of the respondents view the interethnic and inter-confessional situation in the country as calm. This percentage remains almost unchanged year after year.

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