BREST, 6 September (BelTA) – Brest Oblast is a fine example of sustainable development. Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko made the relevant statement during festivities held on 6 September to celebrate Brest's 1,000th anniversary, BelTA has learned.
Aleksandr Lukashenko said: “Nowadays Brest Oblast is an example of stable development: from effective farming to cutting-edge technologies. I often refer to our western regions as an example to follow. I take pleasure in visiting them although I do it not as often as I would like to.”
The president remarked he has special memories connected to Brest Oblast – his service in border security forces. “My time in the border service was an excellent school. It taught me to love and protect you, my people, to protect our Motherland,” Aleksandr Lukashenko stressed. “Even today I thought I've come home. Here I spent probably the hardest yet most important part of my life. Without defending our Fatherland's frontier back then it is unlikely I would be standing in this capacity on this stage today.”
The head of state stated that Brest is a gateway to the beautiful, strong, and peace-loving country of Belarus, which is always happy to welcome guests. “You and I – the modern generation of Belarusians – have the honor of celebrating this great anniversary. The entire country has been getting ready for it. Today the city enters the new millennium renewed, even more accomplished and beautiful. You and I have made the step into the second millennium today,” Aleksandr Lukashenko added. “I address all the people, who have been born here, and all the people, who have come to love Brest as their second native place. You are genuinely special people, who possess our national virtues in full measure: talent, kind hearts, hospitality, and particularly industriousness but even to a greater degree entrepreneurship and patriotism.”
The president remarked that a lot of heroic pages had been added to Brest's chronicles over the last thousand years. “You will be the ones to create the future history. In the anniversary year you've demonstrated your genuine love for the native city in deeds, not in words. It is manifested in the coziness, the beauty you've created in the last three years, in the sincere desire to make your own contribution to the accomplishment of streets, parks, and backyards,” Aleksandr Lukashenko told Brest residents.
Aleksandr Lukashenko wished them to preserve Brest's unique atmosphere, the desire to secure progress, the ability to work hard for the benefit of their own city and entire Belarus. He wished them to pass on these values to their own children, to teach them to love their native place as hard and preserve the best traditions for many centuries to come. “May the guardian angel [a monument erected in honor of Brest's 1,000th anniversary] protect the past, the present, and the future. May it keep safe every one of us,” the head of state added.More about President