Joint Statement by the Foreign Ministers of the Republic of Azerbaijan, the Republic of Armenia, the Republic of Belarus, the Republic of Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, the Republic of Moldova, the Russian Federation, the Republic of Serbia, the Republic of Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and the Republic of Uzbekistan on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of Victory in World War II adopted at the 26th OSCE Ministerial Council meeting Bratislava, December 5-6, 2019
In 2020, we will commemorate the 75th anniversary of Victory in World War II, one of the most violent and bloody conflicts in human history, which claimed tens of millions of lives and inflicted terrible suffering on all of humankind.
Nazism was defeated thanks to the indestructible unity and solidarity of our peoples and the joint struggle waged by the countries of the anti-Hitler coalition. We remember every one of those whose unparalleled courage on the battlefield and on the home front saved our civilisation from destruction. We bow to the bravery of the anti-Nazi resistance and the memory of victims of the death camps and the sieges of peaceful cities.
It is our solemn duty to preserve the historical truth. We denounce as a sacrilege any acts of disrespect with regard to the monuments of Red Army soldiers and officers, as well as the cases of vandalism directed against the graves of those who gave their lives for the liberation of Europe from Nazism. There is no justification for the vandalism against these memorial objects. We urge all countries to honour the memory of the heroic liberators and to maintain military graves in proper condition.
We condemn any and all attempts to falsify the outcome of World War II. We are outraged by some countries’ striving to rehabilitate and glorify Nazi criminals and their accomplices. We firmly believe that the decisions of the International Military Tribunal at Nuremberg, which have no statute of limitations, must be strictly complied with. Throwing a veil over ethnic and religious hate crimes will inevitably lead the humankind to a new catastrophe.
We note the importance of the decision taken at the 74th Session of the UN General Assembly to adopt a resolution on combating glorification of Nazism, neo-Nazism and other practices that contribute to fuelling contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance.
History has shown how dangerous it is to pander to nationalism, intolerance, discrimination, extremism and ethnic, racial and religious hatred. We recognise the importance of the 1948 UN Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide as a vital international instrument.
We reaffirm our commitment to the idea of a free, democratic, common and indivisible Euro-Atlantic and Eurasian security community. The heroism of WWII liberators and their readiness to make sacrifices should be accepted as their behest for the future generations to strengthen peace on the principles of justice, equality and indivisible security.