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Lost Lithuanian International Treaties presented on the occasion of the State Day

Created: 2022.07.07 / Updated: 2022.07.07 14:52
      Lost Lithuanian International Treaties presented on the occasion of the State Day
      Lost Lithuanian International Treaties presented on the occasion of the State Day
      Lost Lithuanian International Treaties presented on the occasion of the State Day
      Lost Lithuanian International Treaties presented on the occasion of the State Day
      Lost Lithuanian International Treaties presented on the occasion of the State Day

      On 6 July, an exhibition 'Returned. The Lost International Treaties of the Republic of Lithuania, 1918–1940', under the auspices of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Gabrielius Landsbergis, was opened in the Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs co-organised the exhibition with the Office of the Seimas, the Lithuanian Central State Archives and the Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania. The exhibition, which will run until 18 September, presents 29 authentic international treaties of the interwar period, the fate of which has been unknown for decades. They testify to the recognition of an independent state of Lithuania, its active foreign policy and a broad geography of international relations.

      During of the opening of the exhibition, the Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs Egidijus Meilūnas read the Foreign Minister's congratulations letter for the return of Lithuania's international treaties of the interwar period to Lithuania, which is a historic event. “We can boldly say that the international treaties are back at the heart of Lithuania’s foreign policy,” the Foreign Minister wrote in his congratulations letter.

      The original Soviet-Lithuanian Peace Treaty of 12 July 1920 is among exhibits on display. “Unfortunately, Lithuania's dramatic experience has shown that Russia is not to be trusted. Twenty years after the Treaty on the establishment of peace was signed, Russia brutally violated it by occupying Lithuania. Today, we see that the country has not changed.  Russia violated the Budapest Memorandum, annexed part of Ukraine’s territory in 2014 and launched a bloody military campaign against the peaceful state this February.

      In 1939, the then envoy of Lithuania to Sweden Vytautas Jonas Gylis, was entrusted with the rescue mission of the most valuable archive documents of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania — over 100 international treaties. The lost treaties were returned last year thanks to Charles Hopkins, a lecturer at a university in Toronto, Canada. And, later, through the efforts of the Lithuanian Canadian community and the Embassy of Lithuania in Canada, the documents were returned to Lithuania in cooperation with Canadian institutions. The persons, who have contributed to this, received State awards of Lithuania on the occasion of the State Day.

       

      Photos: Vytautas Abramauskas

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