MIL OSI – Source: President of the Republic of Belarus – Press Release/Statement
Headline: New Year Address
31 December 2017
The New Year of 2018 is
coming. In such moments it is especially noticeable how quickly the time is
Indeed, the main distinctive feature
of the today’s world is the accelerating pace of life. Walking leisurely
through life is like standing still, after a stop you will be lagging behind.
We are constantly in a hurry, we are trying to accomplish as many goals as
possible to be a success.
However, sometimes it is good
to slow down a little in this ever-changing current of life. It is good to
pause, at least for a moment, to see the essentials, to weigh the situation, to
think about important things, and to say kind words.
New Year’s Eve is the best
moment for this. Right now, a few minutes before the clock strikes midnight,
let’s recall the most beautiful moments of the year and think about the future.
In the outgoing year we took
resolute measures to improve our economy and thus transform our society. We
were bold enough to look over the horizon and determine the goals for the
future. In the coming years we will do our best to achieve them.
In this regard, I want to
encourage our youth to express and explore their creative thoughts. All doors
are open to you! You must reach the desired peak. The future of the country is
in your hands!
We also need the help of our
older generation, especially today. We need their experience, knowledge, and wisdom.
They might help young people make headway, help them avoid last-minute rush,
prevent them from losing touch with reality and wasting time.
Now we must cherish every day
of creative work. We will have to do lots of things in all spheres of life.
In the year that will come
after 2018 Belarus
will host great international sports events. We will welcome thousands of
guests. All Belarusians should join efforts to beautify our common homeland.
Belarus has always been
famous for its clean environment, convenient towns and villages, and hospitable
people. But now we need to do even more. Belarus should become an exemplary
country. Our guests should take good memories with them. Then we will be even
more proud of our Motherland, which is a very beautiful, comfortable, friendly,
and respectable place.
Our ancestors were fighting
for this free and independent country so that we could be true owners of our
Continuity, respect for the
merits of all people, equality and justice are the major priorities for our
Belarus is a future
oriented country. Advanced technologies and science are the pillars of our
development. Blue-collar workers and agrarians are also important. We must
thank them for what they give to us.
People have been and will be
the main treasure of Belarus.
Smart, talented and committed people are the creators of our wealth.
These are doctors who protect
the lives and health of their patients.
These are people who maintain
law and order, ensure defense and security of our country, and occupy
These are miners and factory
workers, builders and agrarians.
These are people who bring up
and take care of children, share their knowledge with students, pioneers of
These are people who glorify
the Motherland with their creative work and sports achievements.
I wish a Happy New Year to
those who are working on New Year’s Eve. I hope that this night will be a calm
and joyful night for you.
In a few seconds we will
start a new chapter of our life. Now it has 365 clean pages. It is up to us to
decide what to write in the book of our history.
I sincerely hope that 2018
will be a peaceful, successful and happy year for you.
Share your feelings and
emotions, the warmth of hearts with people around you, take care of your
families and friends. May your homes be full of love and kindness!
Be happy, dear friends!
Happy New Year, Belarus!