aA
Germany's Foreign Ministry on Thursday confirmed discovery of the February 16 1918 resolution of the Council of Lithuania on reestablishment of statehood, congratulating Lithuanians on the find.
The long-sought original document of the Lithuanian Independence Act signed on February 16 1918 was discovered in Germany
The long-sought original document of the Lithuanian Independence Act signed on February 16 1918 was discovered in Germany

"What a wonderful discovery! It is great news to our friends in Lithuania. We are happy together with them," the German Foreign Ministry said in a comment forwarded to BNS by officials of the ministry and the German Embassy in Vilnius.

According to the press release, the ministry's Political Archives immediately started analyzing the document and identified it as "the resolution signed by the Council of Lithuania during the Feb. 16 1918 council that unanimously decided to send a letter with a request to recognize Lithuania's statehood to Germany and other countries."

The document featuring signatures of signatories was discovered by professor Liudas Mažylis of the Vytautas Magnus University in archives in Berlin on Wednesday. Lithuanian diplomats are currently working to establish the legal status of the document and the possibilities of turning to Germany for its return to Lithuania.

Whereabouts of other copies of the Lithuanian Independence Act is not known.

Intelligence: Minsk regime tries to infiltrate informants into opposition

Lithuania's intelligence says they have been recording intensified efforts by the Minsk regime to...

Presidential aide: EC proposal on migrants 'not bad but insufficient'

The European Commission's proposal to allow EU member states bordering Belarus to extend the time for...

Minister: Lithuanian athletes to go to Beijing Winter Olympics

Lithuanian athletes who qualify for the Beijing Winter Olympics will travel to the Chinese capital...

1 813 new COVID-19 cases

On Wednesday, 1 813 new COVID-19 cases were detected in Lithuania. Since the beginning of the...

Two Iraqi families caught in Lithuania refuse to fly home return to Belarus

Two Iraqi families detained in Lithuania on Tuesday refused to fly back to their country of origin and...

Top news

Intelligence: Minsk regime tries to infiltrate informants into opposition

Lithuania's intelligence says they have been recording intensified efforts by the Minsk regime to...

Presidential aide: EC proposal on migrants 'not bad but insufficient'

The European Commission's proposal to allow EU member states bordering Belarus to extend the time for...

1 813 new COVID-19 cases

On Wednesday, 1 813 new COVID-19 cases were detected in Lithuania. Since the beginning of the...

Minister: Lithuanian athletes to go to Beijing Winter Olympics

Lithuanian athletes who qualify for the Beijing Winter Olympics will travel to the Chinese capital...

Bilotaite cites reasons to extend state of emergency

Despite a drop in attempts by illegal migrants to cross the Belarusian-Lithuanian border, there are...