MINSK, 27 September (BelTA) - Belarus strongly opposes any attempts to whitewash the Nazis, Belarusian Minister of Foreign Affairs Vladimir Makei said as he addressed the 76th session of the UN General Assembly in New York on 27 September, BelTA has learned.
“We have consistently and resolutely opposed any attempt to whitewash the Nazis and justify their heinous crimes. This year Belarus has passed a new law providing for criminal liability for the rehabilitation of Nazism and opened a criminal case into the genocide of the Belarusian people during the Great Patriotic War. As the founding member of the United Nations, Belarus will pursue this matter in the international arena in order to remind everyone of the basic principles of our organization," Vladimir Makei said.
"By the way, some criminals, who committed atrocities against the Belarusian people and who have their hands covered in blood, still live comfortably in some neighboring countries. Moreover, they are honored there as heroes," the Belarusian minister noted.
He noted that 2021 marks an important date in the history of Belarus and fraternal states - the 80th anniversary of the beginning of the Great Patriotic War. The Nazis atrocities led to the death of millions of people around the world. During the war, a third of the population of Belarus died in the fight against the fascist invaders and their accomplices who committed genocide against our people. "Unfortunately, today we are witnessing dangerous tendencies to give distorted moral and legal assessments of the results of the Second World War, to equalize the victims and executioners, liberators and aggressors, to question the decisions of the Nuremberg Trials," Vladimir Makei said.