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MIL OSI – Source: President of the Republic of Belarus – Press Release/Statement

Headline: Meeting with ICRC President Peter Maurer

8 November 2017

Belarus will continue to support the activities of the
International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), Belarus President Alexander
Lukashenko said as he met with ICRC PresidentPeter Maurer in Minsk on
8 November.Alexander
Lukashenko pointed out the importance of the fact that this is the first visit
of Peter Maurer as the president of the International Committee of the Red
Cross. “This visit should be an important event highlighting the fact that our
relations should be advanced to a brand-new level,” the head of state
said.“Our current efforts to open an
ICRC representational office mean a lot, and we value it very much,” the
president said. “This will open a new page in our relations, will generate new
prospects and hopes.”According to
Alexander Lukashenko, the International Committee of the Red Cross has “the
noblest mission in the world among all international organizations”. “You have
always supported people in trouble, you provide humanitarian aid to them or
serve as mediators in providing humanitarian aid wherever possible. You help to
look for people in trouble or missing. You are also doing a lot of other things
in this field,” the head of state said. “Therefore, these are truly great
activities, and we will always support them. You can count on us in this
regard.”Apart from that, Alexander
Lukashenko pointed out the fact that Belarus is also doing its best to help
people in need. For example, during the Ukrainian crisis Belarus welcomed about
150,000 refugees and provided all things needed to them. “In fact, Belarusian
people and our Ukrainian brothers and sisters are equal for us. You know that we
have spent a lot on that but we are not going to calculate those expenses
because people were in trouble. Expenses do not matter in such a situation,” the
president said.He also reminded that
Belarusians had always been concerned about the war in Syria. “We have provided
and are providing humanitarian aid to Syrian people, especially children. We
have worked out a program of recuperation for Syrian children in Belarus. We
will continue to work in this direction,” Alexander Lukashenko said.Speaking about the prospects of cooperation
between Belarus and the ICRC, the head of state said that the Belarusian nation
that had gone through a lot of hardships in the course of its history would use
a constructive approach in the international humanitarian work. “Our people have
gone through a lot of things in the course of history. We were involuntarily
engaged in all wars and conflicts hitting Europe, especially from the west to
the east. We know the value of life and the destructive power of wars.
Therefore, we always respond to people’s calling for help when bombs are falling
all over,” the Belarusian president said.

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