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Signatory of Lithuania's Independence Act Romualdas Ozolas dies

BC, Vilnius, 07.04.2015.Print version

Romualdas Ozolas, signatory of Lithuania's Independence Act, member of the Seimas during the 6th and 7th term, died on Monday, 6 April, aged 76, reports LETA/ELTA.


Ozolas was born on 31 January 1939. He graduated from Vilnius University faculty of History-Philology in 1962. He competed post-graduate studies in Vilnius University in 1968-1973, was a lecturer at the university in 1973-1989.


Ozolas was a member of the Supreme Council of Lithuanian Soviet Socialist Republic in 1989 and a member of the Supreme Council of Lithuania in 1990. He was a signatory of the Act of Independence of Lithuania. In 1990-1991 Ozolas was advisor to the prime minister of Lithuania. In 1990-1993 he was the chairman of the commission on regional problems and was a member of Lithuania's negotiation delegations with the USSR and later with Russia. He was a member of the group on the creation of the Constitution in 1992 and one of the creators of the national security concept.


In 1973-1989 he was a member of the Communist Party of the USSR, in 1989-1990 a member of an independent Lithuanian Communist Party, since 1992 a member of the Lithuanian Centre Movement and since 1993 the chairman of the Centre Union of Lithuania. In 1988-1990 he was member of Sajudis (Lithuania's reform movement) initiative group and deputy chairman of Sajudis council in the Seimas.


In 1992 Ozolas was elected to the Seimas and was a non-attached member of parliament. He was re-elected to the Seimas in 1996 and worked in the Committee on Economics and the NATO commission, he was a member of the Baltic Assembly since its establishment and member of its National Security and Foreign Affairs Committee.

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