MINSK, 20 September (BelTA) – Belarusians have gone through a lot to earn their sovereign right to be a single nation and live in a single state, Chairman of the House of Representatives Vladimir Andreichenko said at the opening of the ninth session of the House of Representatives of the National Assembly of the seventh convocation on 20 September, BelTA has learned.
“The ninth session of the House of Representatives of the National Assembly of the Republic of Belarus of the seventh convocation is starting its work. The other day our country celebrated a new holiday that has already become part of the national identity - the Day of People's Unity. This is a tribute to our ancestors who helped save Belarus during one of the most tragic stages of its history. The emotional response evoked by the speech of the head of state at the patriotic forum “This is OUR History!” suggests that our society has matured and the values that unite us remain as important as ever,” Vladimir Andreichenko said.
The Belarusians have earned the hard way their sovereign right to be a single nation and live in a single state, the chairman of the House of Representatives said. “Remembering this is the sacred duty of every citizen, after all today the sovereignty, independence and the very existence of our country are at stake again. It was the people's unity that helped Belarus overcome all the trials on its way and maintain a normal life now despite all external threats,” he said.
Yet, the situation in the world is becoming more and more alarming, the speaker emphasized. “The humankind is not just a step away from the third world war. In fact, it is already underway - in international relations, in economy, in people's heads – and things are getting increasingly heated up,” he said.
“Unwilling to admit its historical defeat, the collective West is going to extraordinary lengths to slow down the rise of a multipolar world. This was also discussed during the Samarkand summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization where Belarus' status will be upgraded to ‘a member state'. The solidarity shown by the participants of the summit to the position voiced by the president of the Republic Belarus eloquently proves that the only way to save the world from catastrophe is to strengthen trust and cooperation between countries. Unfortunately, instead of promoting a peaceful, unifying agenda, which the peoples of the world so badly need, Western politicians stubbornly believe that the global conflict must be resolved on the battlefield. So far they are acting by proxy, but this is not going to last. In such conditions, only a strong state that relies on national traditions of democracy can protect its citizens, strengthen sovereignty and independence, and ensure robust economic growth and wellbeing” Vladimir Andreichenko added.