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Belarus’ state flag hoisted at UNESCO headquarters in Paris

MINSK, 4 July (BelTA) - The state flag of Belarus was raised near the building of the UNESCO headquarters in Paris on 3 July. The event was timed to Belarus’ Independence Day, BelTA learnt from the Belarusian Embassy in France.

The UNESCO headquarters hosted a series of events timed to the Independence Day of Belarus. An opening ceremony of the exhibition of three Belarusian artists, Viktor Olshevsky, Grigory Skripnichenko and Kastus Kachan, was held on 3 July. The Kupalinka folk group of the Belarusian State Philharmonic performed there, too. The performance featured songs connected with the traditional Belarusian celebration Kupalye. The Belarusian delegation was headed by Director General of the Belarusian State Philharmonic Alexander Garbar.

Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Belarus to France, Permanent Representative of Belarus to UNESCO Pavel Latushko underscored in his opening speech that Belarus does a lot to safeguard its folk song heritage. He also noted that Belarus is interested in wide representation of rich Belarusian culture in UNESCO.

Attending the event were permanent representatives and diplomats of foreign countries accredited at UNESCO and officials from the UNESCO Secretariat.

Pavel Latushko underlined that Belarus attaches great importance to the adherence to the UNESCO Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage which 10th anniversary is marked in 2013. In 2014 Belarus will celebrate the 60th anniversary of its accession to UNESCO.

A reception timed to Belarus’ Independence Day was organized by the Belarusian Embassy in France on 2 July. Attending the reception were officials from various ministries and agencies, MPs, heads of local administrations, cultural figures, representatives of businesses communities and foreign diplomats.