Belarus President presents state awards ahead of 2016 Independence Day

Belarus President presents state awards ahead of 2016 Independence Day

On the eve of Independence Day, on June 30, the Belarus President solemnly presented state awards to honorary citizens. He praised the achievements of 40 people, who represent different sectors of the economy, science, education, culture and sports.

President Alexander Lukashenko underlined at the ceremony that world outlook and hard work of these people determine the resolution of the many problems Belarus is facing.

Alexander Lukashenko, President of Belarus:
Traditionally, on the eve of the main holiday of this country, Independence Day, Republic Day, we honor the people whose fruitful work is highly appreciated and deserves state awards. Despite the differences in the path of life and profession you chose, you have something in common, some wonderful qualities such as patriotism, dedication, professional skill and desire the attain goals at all costs.  I am sure that every person sitting in this hall is a successful personality. 
Public life does not have areas of secondary importance. Strengthening of defense, security, the development of sectors of the economy, education, science, culture, sport and social security issues - all of this together forms the well-being of our country. Today we award representatives of the Armed Forces, the Emergencies Ministry, the Prosecutor's Office and the internal affairs bodies. By carrying out their duties, they make an important contribution to the defense of the country, protection of the legitimate interests of the citizens of our state, the maintenance of law and order and peace in society.

In April of this year, Belarus marked the sad date - the 30th anniversary of the Chernobyl tragedy. Our people showed true heroism in the face of national disaster. People who took an active part in eliminating the consequences of the accident and the return of life to the affected areas are also awarded today.
Dear friends, country faces very important tasks which we have recently discussed at the All-Belarusian People's Assembly. And your attitude to life and your hard work determine whether we will be able to resolve these problems. But I want to thank you for the fruitful work, for the service to the Fatherland. Congratulations once again on the Day of Independence of our country and congratulations on receiving these high awards.

Among the recipients were also public servants. Deputy Prime Minister Mikhail Rusyi was presented the Order of Honor. In addition among the awardees were Information Minister Lilia Ananich and deputy chairman of the upper chamber of the Belarusian parliament Anatoly Rusetsky.