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President Lukashenko on prospects of Belarus-Red Cross cooperation

The Official Representation of the International Committee of the Red Cross in Minsk will help to bring their relations between Belarus and the organization to a new higher level.

On November 8, 2017 Alexander Lukashenko and Peter Maurer, who has been the head of the Committee since 2012, discussed the prospects of cooperation. Among the mutual projects of the Red Cross and Belarus are humanitarian aid rendered to Ukraine in June 2017.

What is more, the international organization actively cooperates with the Belarusian society.

Thanks to this cooperation, families are once again untied after military conflicts, missing people are searched for, and children who suffered from military actions in Eastern Ukraine come to Belarus for recuperation.

Alexander Lukashenko, President of the Republic of Belarus:
Our mutual work today directed at opening a representation office means a lot, and Belarus appreciates it a lot. You are always near the people who are in a difficult situation. You render humanitarian aid or act as mediators where it is possible. You help to search for people who got into a bad situation and went missing. It is great activity which Belarus welcomes and will always support. You may always count on Belarus.

You know that we try to help people who get into such situations.

After the conflict in Ukraine, after the war or during the war there, Belarus received about 150 thousand asylum seekers. The state provided them with everything necessary, with everything Belarusians use. As far as you understand, it cost us a reasonable sum. However, we are not counting the money and it is likely for the money to have some price in this case. We have never been aside the war in Syria. Belarus rendered humanitarian aid to the people of this country, especially to children. We developed a complete program on the recuperation of Syrian children in Belarus. Belarus will continue acting in this direction.

SEE: Belarus’ humanitarian aid to Ukraine 

Peter Maurer,President of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC):
Today the world is a lot more difficult than it used to be. It is more militarized and it means that the consequences of the conflicts are felt a lot quicker. I would like to thank Belarus for the support it renders to the Red Cross in this situation. The Committee is in need of such partners. Belarus, just as the Red Cross, is aiming at peaceful settlement of military conflicts, to gather the "enemies" at one negotiating table.

The International Committee of the Red Cross was founded in 1863. The employees of the organization work in 80 countries. An agreement on the status, privileges and immunities of this organization in Belarus was signed was signed on November 8 in the Foreign Ministry. The document will allow opening a representation office of the Committee in Minsk.

President Lukashenko on prospects of Belarus-Red Cross cooperation