On XXX session of the UNESCO General Conference in 1999, it was announced to support the linguistic and cultural diversity and multilingualism. Since 2000, each year February 21 is celebrated as International Mother Language Day.
UNESCO is committed to supporting the language as an attribute of a person’s cultural affiliation, because languages are the keys to mutual understanding and respect, MFA of Ukraine points in its congratulatory message.
“Ukrainian language occupies its prominent place, and has a long and complex history. Ukrainian language is called harmonious, melodious, but it is also called suffering due to all the harassment endured by Ukrainian word. The best Ukrainian writers, color of the nation, had always become the real fighters for their word, for their native language. Those Ukrainians who, being beyond their historical homeland, still keep the memory of it, inculcate a sense of love and respect for Ukraine to their children and retain their native language have an important pole to play in its preservation.”
Foreign Ministry reminds that the problem of the native language preservation remains relevant to this day.
“I am convinced that the beauty and power of the Ukrainian language promotes unity of Ukrainians, no matter where they lived, it will guarantee steady development and prosperity of an independent, united Ukraine,” the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergey Kislitsa said.
QHA reported that yesterday, February 20, the Permanent Mission of Ukraine to the Council of Europe held the Day of Crimea. The event was timed to coincide with the third anniversary of the illegal occupation of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol by the Russian Federation.