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New Year Address from the President of the Republic of Belarus

Dear friends!

In several minutes we will turn over another page in the history of our country and people, the history of each of us.

Three hundred sixty five lines of the outgoing year of 2011 were written in one moment. But they comprised an infinite palette of our feelings: sadness and inspiration, misery and joy, worries and hopes.

As President I have a unique mission – in these exciting festive moments I can drop by in your homes and wish everyone of you Happy New Year.

Perhaps, you have already made your opinion of the outgoing year. For some the year was difficult, for others it was successful.

Today it does not matter what it was. It is our history of successes and failures, achievements and disappointments. We cannot correct or remake anything. But we need to draw a lesson from this year.

We managed to prevent economic collapse, unemployment, social discord. We kept social programs running.

We have not caved in to the problems. We proved that we are a strong and close-knit family, a united and truly great nation.

We can and should be proud of it.

I sincerely thank you for understanding and support, courage and optimism. I extend special thanks for your trust. I am grateful to those who worked selflessly for the benefit of the country.

I thank farmers for the rich harvest; workers and engineers, builders and heads of companies for energy and enterprising spirit; teachers, doctors, scientists, and the intellectuals for inspirational and noble labor; servicemen for courage and the sense of duty.

I bow before our wonderful women whose care and kindness keep Belarusian homes warm.

On the last days of the year I met with hundreds of children who need support from the state. I wished them Happy New Year and asked about their wishes. I was glad to hear they wanted me to say a few words about them, the future of our country, in my New Year address.

I promised them this and now I keep my word. At these very last moments of the year I want to address not only children but also Belarusian youth. I want you to love your country, value and protect it from adversities and shocks because this is the only Motherland you have.

Dear countrymen,

The period of human life on this fragile planet is very short. Yet, we have an opportunity to change the world and our Fatherland. It is just that we need to make the right choice as to how we should live.

Our way is to set the goal and do our best to achieve it. This is how a strong and viable nation does.

Our top priority is to make Belarus strong and respected, turn it into a comfortable and safe house for all. I am convinced that together we will accomplish this great goal.

However, we should remember that nobody will bring us peace and wellbeing on a silver plate. The way we live depends on the way we work.

Time is the most important resource today. If we slow down or lose the rhythm, we may be lagging behind for years to come.

The strongest people will cross the finish line. And Belarusians should be among winners. We can do it.

We have a wonderful feature – we support each other. We have always been honest and have never betrayed our neighbors. We have solved all problems together, empathized with and helped each other. Let us treasure and take care of this quality.

Dear friends,

The clock will chime in a moment and we will enter into the New Year with good thoughts and cheerful hopes.

They say the happiest people are those who are too busy to think about it. So let us stop reasoning and get busy creating our happiness.

May the thoughts of Belarus live in our hearts.

May our work bring us prosperity, inner satisfaction and good reputation.

May selfless love which you generously give to your relatives and friends return a hundredfold to you.

Let us do everything to see our children's eyes shining with smiles, happiness, and hope.

May our homes and families prosper.

Happiness, health, and success to you, dear friends.

Happy New Year!