President marks 100th anniversary of Belarusian People's Republic

President Andrzej Duda on Sunday congratulated Belarus on the 100th foundation anniversary of the Belarusian People's Republic, a short-lived independent Belarusian state incorporated into the Soviet Union in 1919.

"On the 100th anniversary of proclaiming the Belarusian People's Republic, I extend to all Belarusians my warmest wishes of prosperity and success in building their country," Duda wrote in a letter published on the Presidential Office website.

In the letter, Duda also reminded about the historical and cultural bonds between Belarusians and Poles.

The Belarusian People's Republic was proclaimed on March 25, 1918 on territories occupied by Germany during World War I. Unrecognised by the international community, the country was incorporated into the Soviet Union as the Belarusian Soviet Socialist Republic in the following year.