The first All-Belarusian Congress of 1917 demonstrated the values that are still relevant today, reads a message of greetings from Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko to guests and participants of the conference “The 1917 events in the historic destinies of Belarus”.
The message of greetings was read out by First Deputy Head of
Belarus’ President Administration Maksim Ryzhenkov on 1 December. “The 1917
events spurred the willingness of Belarusians to live in their own home. The
idea of Belarus’ self-determination, a grassroots initiative started by the
masses, resulted in convening the first All-Belarusian Congress. This people’s
assembly demonstrated crucial values that are still relevant for us today: an
independent socially oriented state and the fact that only people, their will,
collective wisdom, and leaders can be the true source of independence,” the
“Consulting with those
who work hard to create our wealth at the All-Belarusian People’s Congresses, we
learn the second lesson of the history of our statehood: the unity of all
Belarusians is the only thing that can secure our freedom to choose and preserve
the independent way of development,” the president emphasized.
A fundamental idea was voiced at the 1917
All-Belarusian Congress: to establish a university. “Today we understand even
better that education and science are the pillars for the independence of our
state as its main goal is to lay the spiritual groundwork as well as the
material basis for human development,” Alexander Lukashenko noted.
The head of state also wished the participants
fruitful discussions, health, creativity, and new achievements for the good of
the native country.