MINSK, 15 June (BelTA) - There is no place for collaborationism, nationalism and xenophobia in the Belarusian society, Head of the Belarus President Administration Igor Sergeyenko said at the plenary session of the international parliamentary conference “Historical Memory: The Great Victory Gained by Unity” in the Oval Hall in Minsk on 15 June, BelTA has learned.
"In Belarus the ideas of continuity of generations, respect for the feat of the victors, responsibility to the people and history lie at the heart of state ideology, whether someone likes it overseas or not. We, of course, are sad to see how some nations who have experienced the pain of losing loved ones, who contributed to the defeat of Nazism, have betrayed their past for the sake of short-term benefits from the mighty of the world," Igor Sergeyenko said.
"In Belarus, the memory of the common Victory is part of the national idea, the foundation of statehood and civil harmony. In our society, there is no place for collaborationism, nationalism and xenophobia," Igor Sergeyenko added.
Igor Sergeyenko reminded that in order to prevent the distortion of historical truth, the National Council on Historical Policy has been set up at the Administration of the President of the Republic of Belarus on the instruction of the head of state.
Igor Sergeyenko also read out the greetings of Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko to the international parliamentary conference.
“We, successors of the victors - Azerbaijanis and Moldovans, Belarusians and Georgians, Armenians and Kazakhs, Ukrainians and Kyrgyz, Russians and Uzbeks, Tajiks and Turkmens, representatives of all ethnicities of the once united country, defended the right to life, freedom and human dignity in the Great Patriotic War,” the message of greetings reads. “Now that many Western countries are canceling our Victory, massively destroying monuments to the liberators and celebrating murderers and executioners as heroes, we have committed ourselves to defending the historical memory of the selfless struggle of the Soviet people against the German Nazis who killed millions of our compatriots.”
The head of state emphasized that for Belarus that lost every third resident in that war, the nationwide feat is part and parcel of the national idea. The president wished fruitful work, health, peace and good to all participants of the conference