MINSK, 12 August (BelTA) - Metropolitan of Minsk and Pavel Zaslavl, Patriarchal Exarch of All Belarus, called on Belarusians to reason, peace, dialogue and harmony as he talked to journalists on 12 August, BelTA has learned.
“Just recently we celebrated a great event - the 75th anniversary of the Victory in the Great Patriotic War, the liberation of Belarus from the Nazi invaders. For 75 years our people have lived in harmony, peace, and accord. Today we did not expect that misfortune would descend upon our home, that friends and families would turn on each other. I would like to call on everyone to reason, peace, dialogue and accord,” the metropolitan said.
The head of the Belarusian Orthodox Church called on those who came to Belarus to incite hostility and hatred. “Go back to your homes. Do not stir up hostility and hatred here. Our people has gone through so many miseries, sorrows, and wars that would be enough for many generations and peoples. . Leave the Belarusian people the opportunity to live and choose the path of their own,” Metropolitan Pavel said.
Metropolitan Pavel urged parents whose children take to the streets today to talk to them and tell them that it is important to preserve peace and accord in the country. The metropolitan asked the government and parliament to think how to find a way out of the current situation. “I do not want to judge anyone - neither side. I understand that there are other forces, dark forces, their servants, who live by enmity and hatred between people and maybe get some dividends from it. I wish to see peace and accord continue in our blessed land. It is no coincidence that both the national anthem and the Constitution of our country say that we Belarusians are peaceful people," he said.
The Patriarchal Exarch also expects that the representatives of the security forces serving the Belarusian people will pace themselves in relation to those who think that Belarus should take a different path but do not yet know how to steer their way towards this path.
“Let's do everything we can to find the way to preserve peace and accord,” Metropolitan Pavel said.