Belarus Independence Day

Belarus Independence Day

July 3
After nearly 70 years under Soviet rule, Belarus declared its sovereignty on July 27, 1990, and issued its declaration of independence on August 25, 1991. Belarus officially became autonomous on December 26, 1991, as did other former Soviet republics. On April 2, 1997, however, a treaty was signed to unite Belarus with the Russian Federation. Thus, Belarus reverted to its earlier Independence Day, July 3, which commemorated the liberation of the capital, Minsk, from German occupation in 1944. April 2 is another public, though working, holiday in Belarus, Unification Day of the Peoples of Belarus and Russia.
CONTACTS:
Belarus Embassy
1619 New Hampshire Ave. N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20009
202-986-1604; fax: 202-986-1805
www.belarusembassy.org
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Summary: The President, His Highness Shaikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, has received a cable of thanks from the President of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko, in reply to a cable sent earlier on the occasion of the Belarus Independence Day.

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