President Klaus Iohannis sent a message on Friday on the occasion of the religious and military ceremony of re-interring of the Romanian heroes fallen during the Battle of Stalingrad. "The reburial of the remains of those who gave their lives on the battlefield in the Romanian Honorary Cemetery represents the expression of appreciation to the people's heroes and at the same time, a comfort for their relatives and offsprings, as well as for the few survivors of those gruesome events," reads the message sent by the head of state that was presented by the state advisor Constantin Ionescu, at the Romanian Honorary Cemetery in Rossoska, Volgograd, the Russian Federation.
In his message, the head of state hails the Romanian authorities' effort that enabled both the opening of the Romanian Honorary Cemetery in Rossoska and the transfer of the Romanian heroes' remains. Moreover, he appreciates the support granted by the authorities of the Russian Federation to this end, showing that this act ranges within the Romanian-Russian bilateral cooperation in the field, regulated by the provisions of the Agreement between the Government of Romania and the Government of the Russian Federation on the juridical regime of the Romanian graves in the Russian Federation and the Russian graves in Romania, signed on November 8, 2005 and ratified by Law No. 413/2006.
President Iohannis underscores that the Battle of Stalingrad symbolises, probably the best, the World War II tragedy, that cost the lives of millions of people. "The lessons of this world holocaust should lead to a world liberated from the threat of war, a desiteratum all the more prevailing at the moment," the head of state asserts. He points out that "the tragedies of last century's totalitarian regimes must not repeat. "Romania assumes its past, but at the same time contemplates the future with hope and confidence. The tragedies of the last century's totalitarian regimes must not repeat. Therefore, educating and moulding the new generations in the spirit of democracy and tolerance remains an ongoing preoccupation for us. The memory of the heroes who sacrificed themselves 75 years ago on the Volga is also honoured through the prestige that the Romanian army has in the country and across borders as well as through the efforts that our country makes as member of the Euro-Atlantic community, a pillar of stability in the region, a responsible and committed contributor to the security of Europe and of the world," Iohannis concludes.