On May 9, 2018 the UN ESCAP in Bangkok hosted a solemn opening ceremony of the photo exhibition to commemorate the Victory of anti-fascist coalition in the Second World War. The exposition jointly prepared by the Embassies of Russia, China, Kazakhstan and Mongolia demonstrated major milestones of the war, depicted heroic resistance of the people and atrocities of the fascists.
The commemorative event gathered many guests with delegation of the War Veterans Organization of Thailand headed by Mr. Boonlert Sonjai, Assistant Director-General among them. Ambassadors of Cuba, Czech Republic, Egypt, Hungary, Germany, Lao PDR, Luxemburg, Nepal, Pakistan, Panama, Portugal, Slovakia, Sri Lanka and Vietnam, senior diplomats from Embassies of Bhutan, India, Indonesia and DPRK as well as Archimandrite Oleg (Cherepanin), Representative of the Russian Orthodox Church in Thailand were also attending.
Mr. Hongjoo Hahm, Deputy Executive Secretary of the UN ESCAP, H.E. Mr. Kirill Barsky, Ambassador of the Russian Federation, H.E. Mr. Lyu Jian, Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China, H.E. Ms. Raushan Yesbulatova, Ambassador of the Republic of Kazakhstan and H.E. Mr. Tugsbilguun Tumurkhuleg, Ambassador of Mongolia delivered their welcoming remarks addressing the guests and mass media representatives.
H.E. Mr. Kirill Barsky recited his poem «Due to the war». Pupils of the School of the Russian Embassy in Thailand performed several war songs including the famous “Katyusha” in three languages - Russian, English and Spanish.
May 8 and 9 are marked in the official UN calendar as Time of Remembrance and Reconciliation in accordance with the special UN GA Resolution adopted in 2004 and are observed by the whole international community.
Mr. Deputy Executive Secretary,
Today we celebrate the greatest moment in the human history – the victory over the evil force which had an ambition, ideology, manpower, economic and military might to destroy our civilization. But the catastrophe was averted by our grandfathers, by their resilience, their sacrifice, trier faith, their love for life, for their motherland. By the inexplicable, unparalleled courage of soldiers and by the strategic wisdom of leaders, marshals and generals.
The victory belongs to all the mankind. Its ownership is shared by all the countries – members of the antifascist coalition, and we pay tribute to their role in defeating the enemy.
But I am very proud that my country made the major contribution to the victory over Nazism saving Europe from the devil called Adolf Hitler and his rule. I am very proud that my country helped Asian nations to withstand the aggression and contributed to the early end of the WW II in the Pacific.
9 May is a day of great joy. But why are we in Russia always crying on this day? Because 27 million lives was the price the Soviet Union paid for the victory. Every family lost their loved ones. This we will never forget. No one is forgotten, nothing is forgotten. These words from the famous poem of Olga Bergholtz were chosen as a title of the photo exhibition co-organized by the Embassies of Russia, China, Kazakhstan and Mongolia.
Just several weeks ago, on April 14 by the airstrikes against Syria the world was pushed to the verge of another big war. Is it the future that heroes of the WW II were fighting for? Of course not. Let me remind you the opening words of the UN Charter – «We the peoples of the United Nations, determined to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war, which twice in our lifetime has brought untold sorrow to mankind …» Never, never this should happen again.
Distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen!
Today we are commemorating the Victory of the anti-fascist coalition in the Second World War.
It is not by accident that the General Assembly declared May 8-9 as a time of remembrance and reconciliation, dedicated to the victims of this war.
It was the most terrible, the bloodiest war in the history of mankind, which took the lives of tens of millions of people.
There was not a single family in Kazakhstan that had not been affected, one way or another. The country had mobilized 20% of its population or some 1.2 million of people, and more than half of them had sacrificed their lives.
We must not forget those who struggled on the home front. Their living conditions were very similar to those experienced on the front lines. Military factories were evacuated from the European part of the Soviet Union to Kazakhstan, where civilian workers toiled selflessly. During the war, every fourth citizen of our country was drafted to build defence and front-line facilities. They worked with shovels and spades to achieve victory.
Kazakhstan gave shelter to millions of refugees and evacuees of various nationalities and faiths, laying the solid foundations of the current culture of tolerance in our country. We abide unswervingly by the principle of international and inter-faith understanding.
The Second World War revealed the fragility of peaceful and constructive existence. Its lessons concerning the need to enhance collective efforts to preserve peace and to strengthen cooperation among all peaceful civilizations must be learned by all States.
It is our sacred duty to do everything so that the memory of this tragedy will last forever. We should keep it for the next generations to know and remember the horrors of this war, so that this will never happen again.
Today, the world faced new serious threats to its security, which had acquired new forms and truly global dimensions. Those challenges included the threat of terrorism and transnational crime, persistent conflicts, poverty and environmental degradation.
Therefore, members of the world community should unite their efforts in dealing with new challenges and threats, with the United Nations playing a central role.
I thank you!
Your Excellency Mr. Deputy Executive Secretary,
Your Excellencies Ambassadors of the Russian Federation, the People’s Republic of China and the Republic of Kazakhstan,
Ladies and gentlemen,
It is a great honour for the Mongolian Embassy in Bangkok to be involved in co-organizing this photo exhibition here at the United Nations Convention Centre together with the embassies of the Russian Federation, the People’s Republic of China and the Republic of Kazakhstan in commemoration of the 73rd Anniversary of the Victory of the Anti-Fascist Coalition in the Second World War.
It is highly symbolic that today’s exhibition is being opened on 9 May, a day commemorating the Victory of the Soviet people over Nazi Germany in the Great Patriotic War of 1941-1945. The Mongolian people perceived the news of treacherous attack of fascist Germany on USSR on 22 June of 1941 as a threat to its national security and mobilized all its available forces for the struggle against the common enemy.
During the Great Patriotic War, the Mongolian people worked tirelessly days and nights under the motto “Everything for the front, everything for the victory”. Besides mobilizing its troops to guard its frontiers and to discourage any further Japanese incursion, Mongolia also devoted extensive resources to its part of the 1936 Mongol-Soviet Mutual Assistance Pact, providing the Soviet Red Army with winter clothing, wool, hides, leather goods, meat, and half a million horses for draft and remount use from 1941 to 1945. Moreover, the Mongolian people raised the money for a tank brigade named the “Revolutionary Mongolia” and for an aircraft squadron, “Mongolian Herdsmen”. It is a source of great pride that the tank brigade “Revolutionary Mongolia” participated in the battle of Kursk and liberation of Ukraine from the fascist invaders.
After the end of the war in Europe, in August 1945, Mongolian soldiers fought shoulder to shoulder with the Soviet Red Army in liberating Manchuria and Inner Mongolia in north-eastern China from Japanese Kwantung Army and together ended the Second World War.
These heroic events that had determined the destiny of the whole world are becoming more distant each year. Therefore, it is our duty to remember all those heroes who put their lives on the front line to defend our freedom and independence by defeating militarism and fascism. This is the main purpose of this exhibition. Today we pay tribute to Soviet soldiers and their allies, and our common heroic struggle on the battle-fields and rear.
Thank you for your attention.
Dear Deputy Executive Secretary,
Distinguished guests, Ladies and gentlemen,
Today marks the victory day of the World Anti-Fascist War. Under the initiative of Ambassador Barsky, Embassy of Russia, Kazakhstan, Mongolia and China jointly hold this photo exhibition to commemorate the 73rd anniversary of the victory of the world anti-fascist war, to express our firm belief that we should bear history in mind, cherish peace and open up the future.
The war broke out more than 80 years ago inflicted casualties of over 100 million people ravaging through Asia, Europe, Africa and Oceania. The inhumane acts of aggression, the bloody scenes of fight, the horrific crime of massacre and the loss of innocent lives brutally taken during the war are all engraved in human history and the minds of the people all over the world.
China suffered over 35 million casualties as the main theater in the east in its fight against the aggressors, making great contributions to the victory of the war with huge national sacrifice. The Chinese people know too well about the sufferings of war and thus have a relentless pursuit of peace. Among contributions by the Chinese Embassy to this exhibition, there are old photos that record the war destroyed scenes and new photos show achievements of development and peace. The sharp contrast between the present and the past reminds us that we must firmly safeguard the hard-won peace.
In the interest of peace, China will remain committed to peaceful development. Not long ago, President Xi Jinping delivered a clear and strong message to the world in his keynote speech at the Annual Conference of Boao Forum for Asia , reiterating that China stays as determined as ever to build world peace, contribute to global prosperity and uphold the international order.
Ladies and gentlemen,
The world today is still far from tranquil. The Cold War and zero-sum mentalities still have their market. The war is the sword of Damocles that still hangs over mankind. Let’s join hands to safeguard the victory of the World Anti-Fascist War. We will continue to uphold the international order and system underpinned by the purposes and principles of the UN Charter, build a new type of international relations featuring mutual respect, fairness and justice and win-win cooperation and advance the noble cause of global peace and development.
I wish the photo exhibition a great success! Thank you!