Victor Yushchenko congratulated the nation on International Native Language Day. He said that the Ukrainian language was reemerging as language of a big European nation, presidential press office reported.

“The Ukrainian language is spoken with dignity and on the world’s highest rostrums. It is admired and worshipped,” he remarked.

“I am convinced that a nation respecting their language can respectfully treat languages of their neighbors. Ukraine has become a house for many nationalities. We understand that we are responsible forour country's linguistic diversity and ready to preserve and develop cultural peculiarities and distinctiveness of our citizens. It ensures Ukraine’s social harmony and democratic development,” he added.

On February 21, 1952, student activists of the Bengali language movement were shot down in Dhaka outside the University. The International Native Language Day is observed every year in UNESCO Member States to mark thattragic event.


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