On the Commemoration of the 65th Anniversary of the Soviet Occupation of Lithuania and the First Mass Deportation of the Residents of Lithuania


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REPUBLIC OF LITHUANIA SEIMAS
 
RESOLUTION
 
ON THE COMMEMORATION OF THE 65TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE SOVIET OCCUPATION OF LITHUANIA AND THE FIRST MASS DEPORTATION OF THE RESIDENTS OF LITHUANIA
 
30 June 2005 Vilnius
 
 
 
 
The Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania,
commemorating the 65th anniversary of the Soviet occupation of Lithuania carried out on 15 June 1940 and the 64th anniversary of the first mass deportation of innocent Lithuanian civilians to the Soviet Union territories of Siberia and the Far North on 14 June 1941;
mourning the victims of inhuman Soviet terror;
showing sincere respect to all those who fought tyranny, particularly its victims;
realising the immense pain and anguish suffered by former political prisoners and deportees in exile and the Gulags and later on, upon return to their Homeland, the blatant humiliation and social injustice to which they were subjected by the Soviet occupation authorities;
expressing great concern over and disapproval of the attempts made by the officials of the Russian Federation to justify or even deny the fact of Soviet occupation acknowledged in the Treaty on the Foundations of Inter-State Relations between the Republic of Lithuania and the Russian Soviet Federal Socialist Republic, which was signed on 29 July 1991 and came into effect on 4 May 1992;
welcoming the resolutions of the European Parliament, the Congress of the United States of America and the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, which condemn fascism and communism as well as the occupation of the Baltic States;
hoping that these resolutions will be taken into account by both the democratic states in their relations with the Russian Federation and the Russian Federation in its evaluation of the consequences of the Soviet occupation and the damage incurred by it, given the Law on Compensation of Damage Resulting from the Occupation by the USSR passed on 13 June 2000;
acknowledging that even today, after fifteen years of the functioning of the Independent State of Lithuania, a part of former deportees and political prisoners feel themselves socially insecure and there are those to whom the immovable property seized by the occupation government has not been returned yet;
confirming the determination to pass, taking into consideration the possibilities of the State, relevant laws in order to improve the social security of former deportees and political prisoners and to identify and bring before the court the collaborators who had contributed to the deportation of civilians and killed freedom fighters – partisans;
underlining the importance of preserving and honouring the horrifying historical experience because reconciliation is impossible if historical truth and the memory of innocent victims are denied,
invites the Russian Federation to declassify, at least now, 65 years after the occupation, the burial places of the leader of Lithuanian partisans Jonas Žemaitis-Vytautas and other resistance fighters as well as those of public figures of Independent Lithuania and to transfer their remains to Lithuania;
expects that the Russian Federation will return the KGB and other archives as well as cultural property removed from Lithuania and will co-operate in providing legal information in the criminal cases of the occupation period;
proposes that, by 2009, i.e. the celebration of the millennium of the mention of the name of Lithuania, the Government of the Republic of Lithuania and the Vilnius City Council erect in Vilnius, Lukiškių Square, a monument to Lithuanian fighters for the freedom and independence of Lithuania and build a Memorial to the Nation’s Struggle for Freedom and Suffered Losses in the complex of the former KGB buildings.
 
 
 
CHAIRMAN OF THE SEIMAS
OF THE REPUBLIC OF LITHUANIA                                       ARTŪRAS PAULAUSKAS