Lithua­nia and Ger­many agree on dis­play­ing 1918 In­de­pen­dence Act in Lithua­nia

The Baltic Times - - FRONT PAGE - BNS/TBT Staff

Lithua­nian and Ger­man for­eign min­is­ters agreed last Fri­day, March 31, that an orig­i­nal copy of Lithua­nia’s 1918 Act of In­de­pen­dence, that was found this week in Ber­lin’s diplo­matic archives, will be put on dis­play in Lithua­nia and that the pos­si­bil­ity of hand­ing the doc­u­ment over to Vil­nius will be dis­cussed in the fu­ture. “We have agreed that we will be able to dis­play the orig­i­nal doc­u­ment in Lithua­nia. I think this is good news,” Linke­vi­cius said af­ter his con­ver­sa­tion with Sig­mar Gabriel in Brussels.

Ac­cord­ing to the Lithua­nian min­is­ter, they are cur­rently speak­ing about tem­po­rary dis­play, but dates are not clear yet.

Linke­vi­cius also said that he had asked his Ger­man coun­ter­part to con­sider hand­ing the doc­u­ment over to Lithua­nia, and that Gabriel had promised that his coun­try would look into the le­gal pos­si­bil­i­ties of do­ing so.

Gabriel on Fri­day also handed a fac­sim­ile of the doc­u­ment to the Lithua­nian min­is­ter

Li­u­das Mazylis, a po­lit­i­cal science pro­fes­sor at Vy­tau­tas Mag­nus Univer­sity, who found the copy of the Coun­cil of Lithua­nia’s res­o­lu­tion of Feb. 16, 1918 on the restora­tion of an in­de­pen­dent state of Lithua­nia in the Ger­man For­eign Min­istry’s archives early last week.

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