A populous delegation representing the Republic of Cyprus contributes and participates in an international initiative to express solidarity, respect and honor the millions of Holocaust victims, condemning anti-Semitism, racism and xenophobia, wherever it comes from, underlined a Foreign Affairs press release issued earlier today. The statement was issued on the occasion of the International Holocaust Remembrance Day.
According to the Cypriot Ministry, the message sent from the Holocaust, the Auschwitz-Birkenau and similar death camps hold a contemporary significance today and are still in effect, especially “in an era in which the need for acceptance and respect to diversity, in tandem with the need to address racism, xenophobia and anti-semitism becomes even more imperative every day.” Furthermore, the statement said that the refusal to recognize and accept similar crimes against humanity constitutes a practice against human values and efforts to combat phenomena like these.
The International Holocaust Remembrance Day was designated by the United Nations General Assembly resolution 60/7 on November 1, 2005, during the 42nd plenary session. It should be noted that the date was chosen in remembrance of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest Nazi death camp, on January 27, 1945, by the advancing Soviet Red Army.