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April 22, 2021

Basescu in Slovakia: Xenophobia, racism risk to resurge in Europe

Xenophobia, racism risk to resurge in Europe and we have the obligation to reject them, President Traian Basescu said on Thursday at the Great National Holiday of Banska Bystrica, marking 69 years since the liberation of the Slovak Republic. The Romanian President underscored that on Slovakia’s territory there were about 11,000 Romanian military who died on duty for Europe’s freedom. “The history of the Second World War taught us one thing: to reject xenophobia and racism with all our heart. These are elements starting to occur with vitality again in Europe today. That is why, Romanians, Slovaks, Russians, we have the obligation to fight against these phenomena that brought disasters to the old continent. History must not be forgotten, because, if we forget it, it will take its vengeance on us,” Traian Basescu said, in the second day of his official visit to Slovakia, as quoted by Agerpres. Earlier in the day, Traian Basescu and Slovakian counterpart Ivan Gasparovic laid wreaths at the Military Cemetery of the Romanian Army in Zvolen, which hosts the largest cemetery from abroad where Romanian soldiers are buried, with more than 10,000 troops resting here.

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