The Supreme Soviet of the Belarusian SSR adopted the Declaration of State Sovereignty of the Belarusian Soviet Socialist Republic on July 27, 1990 – precisely 21 years ago. This document became than a basis for creation of an independent state.
According to the declaration, Belarus became a sovereign state with the right to decide about their domestic and foreign policy and the right to elect their leaders. Belarusian became the official state language. The highest good was the well-being of Belarusian citizens and the ability to progress.
July 27th became than Belarusian Independence Day. The Declaration became part of the Constitution on August 25th, 1994.
Belarusian SSR became the Republic of Belarus, as of September 1991, adopting white-red-white striped flag and the Pahonia coat of arms as the national symbols. The head of the state at the time was Stanislav Shushkievich.
When Aleksander Lukashenka was elected a president in 1994, the national symbols were changed and the celebration of the independence was moved to the anniversary of Minsk’s liberation by the Red Army on Julu 3rd, 1944. Belarusian dissidents never accepted changed and still celebrate the independence on July 27th.
To commemorate 21st anniversary of signing the Declaration of Independence of Belarus, a press conference will be held today. Aleksiay Janukievich – the leader of the Belarusian Popular Front, Aleksiay Shekhin – the co-chairman of the executive committee of the Christian Democratic Party of Belarus, and Yurys Hybarevich – the deputy coordinator of the “For Liberty” movement, will take part in the conference.