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24 January 2020, 15:21

Belarusian parliament speaker lays wreath at Holocaust memorial museum in Jerusalem

Vladimir Andreichenko. Photo courtesy of the House of Representatives
Vladimir Andreichenko. Photo courtesy of the House of Representatives

MINSK, 24 January (BelTA) – Chairman of the House of Representatives Vladimir Andreichenko took part, together with world leaders, in a wreath laying ceremony the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial museum in Jerusalem, BelTA learned from the press service of the House of Representatives.

On 23 January, Vladimir Andreichenko attended the Fifth World Leaders Forum to mark the International Holocaust Remembrance Day and the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. The event was held at Yad Vashem, the World Holocaust Remembrance Center. More than 45 heads of state, members of the royal families, presidents, prime ministers and heads of parliaments from Europe, North America and Australia were among those attending.

The speaker's official visit was packed. On 21 January, Vladimir Andreichenko attended a a mourning rally in the Forest of the Martyrs (Ya'ar HaKdoshim) near Jerusalem organized by the Israeli association of immigrants from Belarus and the Beit Glubokoye organization. The head of the lower chamber of the Belarusian parliament handed over soil from the site where prisoners of the ghetto in the Belarusian town of Glubokoye to the Beit Glubokoye organization.

Over 10,000 Jews were killed there. The MP also handed over soil from other places where Jews were slaughtered en masse: the village of Plisa and the agrotown of Prozoroki, Glubokoye District.

On the same day, Vladimir Andreichenko met with Speaker of Israel's Knesset Yoel Edelstein. The parties discussed the prospects of bilateral inter-parliamentary cooperation, participation of MPs in the work of the joint Belarus-Israel committee on trade and economic cooperation and the implementation of the agreements to set up a free trade zone between Israel and the Eurasian Economic Union.

Vladimir Andreichenko also met with the heads of the parliaments of Azerbaijan and Lithuania.

On 22 January, Chairman of the House of Representatives visited Yad Vashem, the World Holocaust Remembrance Center and held a meeting with Head of Yad Vashem's archives Haim Gertner to discuss cooperation in preserving the historical memory. Vladimir Andreichenko donated to the Yad Vashem museum the copies of the documentary materials about the MPs of the BSSR Supreme Council who were killed during the war. He also invited representatives of the memorial to take part in the events to commemorate the Ghetto victims killed by the Nazis in 1943. The commemorative events are scheduled to take place in Glubokoye in August 2020.

On the same time Vladimir Andreichenko and Israeli President Reuven Rivlin had a brief conversation during the reception. The speaker conveyed greetings from Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko. In turn, Reuven Rivlin asked Vladimir Andreichenko to convey the best wishes and gratitude to the Belarusian leader for the country's participation in the events dedicated to the International Holocaust Remembrance Day and the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz.

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