Michael Roth (L), minister of state for Europe at the German oreign ministry and Lithuanian ambassador to Germany Deividas Matulionis present the historic document at the foreign ministry in Berlin on March 30, 2017. / AFP / Tobias SCHWARZ
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A professor Thursday said he had found a copy of Lithuania's lost declaration of independence languishing in a German archive, an achievement hailed by authorities as the discovery nation's "birth certificate".Liudas Mazylis, political science professor at Lithuania's Vytautas Magnus University, told Reuters his find on Wednesday was the culmination of an eight-month search, funded by himself.Lithuania's President Dalia Grybauskaite said she had asked Germany to send the document back, and was confident Berlin would comply.Germany's foreign ministry said it had confirmed the identity of the document uncovered in its own archives by the Lithuanian professor.
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