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Statement of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic on the 80th Anniversary of the Start of World War II

Statement of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic on the 80th Anniversary of the Start of World War II

1.9.2019 | Vyhlásenia a stanoviská ministerstva

Exactly 80 years ago, on 1 September 1939, the military troops of the German Wehrmacht invaded the territory of Poland and started its occupation, following the secret treaty concerning non-aggression and the division of territories in Europe (The Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact as of 23 August 1939) that Germany signed with the Soviet Union. This event launched World War II, the biggest armed conflict in the history of humankind with more than 60 million victims, on the European continent.

 

The Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic commemorates World War II as a time when the worst bestialities were committed against human beings, the period of Nazism, racism and homophobia, and all of this serves as an exclamation mark for lessons to be learned from our own common history as European nations and that of other nations, which were murdering each other in order to prevail in one’s own territory.


Nowadays that period also serves as a warning against the support of the forces spreading hatred among nations, cultures, religions and races, which are given more and more space to shape public opinion in the democratic context.

 

The UN international system, together with the Council of Europe, the European Union, NATO, and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, has for decades guaranteed peace, stability, and democracy as fundamental prerequisites for economic, social and cultural development.

 

Therefore, the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic calls upon people to  support our active role in these organizations that are the only guarantee for the position and development of Slovakia in a way that is favorable for its citizens.