President Basescu sends message on International Holocaust Remembrance Day

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Romanian President Traian Basescu sent a message on Monday on the International Holocaust Remembrance Day, in which he voices firm belief the Romanian society can offer an example of good coexistence, that should cultivate every citizen's dignity.

'The International Holocaust Remembrance Day is, for us all, an opportunity to ponder over the significance that our gestures and attitudes have before history. This day offers us the possibility to think of the mistakes we have made against our fellows. Condemning the Holocaust, alongside condemning the totalitarian rules and all the crimes against humanity are necessary steps that the Romanian state made and keeps making out of the wish of being able to continue its evolution in full freedom and responsibility', Basescu says.

The president expresses conviction that the Romanian society is able of offering an example of good coexistence that 'should cultivate every citizen's dignity, no matter what the ethnic or religious minority they belong to'.

'We have a tradition that can offer us the real prerequisites for constructive dialogue, beyond the moments which proved our weakness in the face of extremism and the totalitarian ideologies. I am confident that, by constantly bearing in our conscience the shared responsibility for the historical past, we will be able to consolidate a society of solidarity and dialogue, by which we should prove, particularly for the generations to come, our firmness against everything that may dehumanize us. ?Let us remember' by respecting the memory of the suffering by the responsibility that we assume day by day and by also cultivating the will of peace and reconciliation, as a foundation of our individual and political action', the Romanian leader's message says.AGERPRES

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