MINSK, 1 January (BelTA) – The year 2023 has been declared the Year of Peace and Creation in Belarus, BelTA learned from the New Year's Eve address of Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko.
Aleksandr Lukashenko said: “We declare the next year the Year of Peace and Creation. It corresponds to the spirit of the time and desires of our hearts. I wish peace and goodness to dear Belarus as strongly as you do. I wish good health and kid's laughter to every family. Care of friends and warm-heartedness to every lonely person. Family harmony and prosperity in every home. May our dreams come true! Be happy, take care of yourselves and your loved ones! Happy New Year, dear Belarusians!”
In his address Aleksandr Lukashenko mentioned whether Belarus would remain an island of security and the factors that may affect it. He said: “This year we've seen how small our spacious world is. Starting a conflict in one country is enough for the entire planet to run a fever. I know you want to hear what happens next most of all. Will Belarus remain an island of security? I am sure this will be the key wish you will make at midnight. The answer is simple: everything in our life will depend on every one of us. And on all of us together.”
The Belarusian leader continued: “If we want to live in peace and security, then we have to first and foremost respect and appreciate work of the military, security, and law enforcement personnel, raise kids as patriots of their country, and observe the law. If we want to live in peace and prosperity, then we have to work a lot, honestly, and with due diligence. If we want to live in a free and independent state, then we have to safeguard and protect historical memory, spiritual values, and original traditions.”