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September 26, 2020

FM Bogdan Aurescu: Romania remains firmly engaged in international cooperation for remembrance and study of Holocaust

Romania will remain firmly engaged in international cooperation meant for spreading education about the Holocaust, and also for the remembrance and study of this great tragedy, as well as in preventing similar tragedies from ever happening again, Foreign Affairs Minister Bogdan Aurescu stated on Tuesday.

The chief of the Romanian diplomacy, at the conference dedicated to the International Holocaust Remembrance Day, also marking the 70th anniversary since the liberation of the Auschwitz concentration camp, said that right now Europe is witnessing a rise in such actions that are based on hate and intolerance.

‘In order to cut down the negative dynamics that affects the functioning of our European society there is need to cultivate dialogue more, tolerance, respect for diversity, respect for fundamental values that lay at the grounds of our democratic societies. Today, January 27, is a day full of symbolism for our participation in international efforts directed towards combating any form of discrimination, racism and xenophobia, including anti-Semitism,’ said Aurescu quoted by Agerpres.

He showed that it was every government’s duty to constantly educate the new generations about such ‘tragedies of history’ as the Holocaust, so that they should never repeat.

‘Promoting diversity, respect towards the other, equality between citizens in terms of rights, fundamental liberties, but also correlative obligations, represent the essential principles that need to ground every democratic state’s functioning, with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to continue to promote through the instruments at its disposal, among which diplomacy, the process of strengthening such legislative and institutional instruments that are likely to efficiently prevent and sanction anti-Semitism, as well as any other manifestations of racism, xenophobia, racial discrimination, intolerance, either at local, national, regional or international level,’ said the Minister.

Aurescu also reminded the fact that Romania is about to take over in 2016 the rotating presidency of the Holocaust Remembrance Alliance, while appreciating that this gesture represented “the expression of recognition of efforts made by the Romanian authorities in what concerns the remembrance of the Holocaust based on the legal and administrative instruments developed at local and national level, including with the cooperation of the civil society and the Jewish organisations in Romania and abroad.


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