The US Embassy in Minsk has made a statement on the occasion of the centenary of the signing of the Brest-Litovsk Peace Treaty and the formation of the Belarusian People’s Republic. We give the full text of the statement.
“A hundred years ago, the Treaty of Brest-Litovsk was signed. The horror of war has disappeared from this land, leaving behind other conflicts, grief and destruction. The imprisoned world was, unfortunately, short-lived.
The First World War left a deep imprint on humanity. Together with embassies of other countries that took part in the Great War, the US Embassy pays tribute to the dead soldiers and civilians, as well as their relatives.
Every year, on the Day of Armistice (November 11, when the countries of the Entente and the bloc of the Central States agreed on the suspension of hostilities), a bell sounds in honor of the war victims. In Belarus, former enemies lie side by side in many cemeteries along the entire former front line — in the completely destroyed then Smarhon, in Kreu, Baruny, Ashmyany, Bahdanava, Myadzel, Valozhyn, Baranavichy…
After the conclusion of peace, Belarusians, who never lacked energy and desire for justice and independence, finally made an attempt to establish their own statehood. However, in the whirlpool of conflicting goals, ambitions, sentiments and military presence, the Belarusian People’s Republic fell already less than a year later.
On March 25, the Belarusians will honor the memory of those who defended their national identity and independence despite difficult, unfavorable circumstances. “
5 March 2018