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Alexander Lukashenko about Chernobyl affected lands

After his working visit, Alexander Lukashenko spoke to the journalists. The President often visits Gomel region. It was one of the most problematic areas not so long ago because of the high pollution level.

The representatives of mass media were interested in the details of the work done to restore the Chernobyl affected lands. What achievements in this area are the most important for the President? What else must be done so that life on these lands is comfortable and safe?

Alexander Lukashenko, President of the Republic of Belarus:
The most important thing is that people live a normal life here. The governor of the region said that the birth rate here is, unfortunately, higher than in the other regions of Belarus. People give birth more here than in other parts of the country more for some reason. It is the greatest achievement, it is like music to my ears. It is the most important thing. Because when I came to the area on the second year of me being the President, people were frightened. Many made politics on this, now they are abroad (they lived on foreign grants). They left but people remained. People live here just as other people do in Belarus. However, we do not advise people to go and live in the forbidden zones, only tourists go there, so that they wouldn’t live there, on the rest of the territory there are substantial changes. Especially in district centres, in highly-populated areas. These are fantastic places. It is one of the happiest moment for me in this presidential period-the thing that the people of Belarus did. The did not only preserve but they also brought to life these territories. This is the main result. Figures show everything else. Vladimir Dvornik said. He managed to double the results in three five-year-plans, he trebled the food production. He wouldn’t do that if no one bought the products. People buy clean products only because there is severe control and All-Union state standard. That is why I am happy for the life of people on these lands.

Alexander Lukashenko about Chernobyl affected lands