V. I.   Lenin


To:   THE C.C. OF THE R.C.P.(B.)

Written: Written between March 4 and 24, 1919
Published: First published in 1965 in Collected Works, Fifth Ed., Vol. 50. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1975, Moscow, Volume 44, page 200b.
Translated: Clemens Dutt
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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On the basis of § 3 a Note to be sent to the Polish Government with assurances that we fully agree to, and indeed desire, a decision by the vote of the working people; we desire agreement on this basis, and agree to concessions on details, and so on. This to be given as a directive from the C.C.[1]



[1] Lenin wrote this on a letter from the Central Executive Committee of the Polish Socialist Party to the C.C., R.C.P.(B.). Point 3 of this letter expressed the desire that the question of frontiers with Poland should be decided on the basis of self-determination of the population living in the disputed territories, primarily in Lithuania and Byelorussia. Lenin’s proposal was adopted by the C.C., R.C.P.(B.) and was reflected in Chicherin’s letter to A. Y. Wi&ewhatthe;ckowski, delegate extraordinary of the Polish Government (see Dokumenty vneshnei politiki SSSR, Vol. II, 1958, pp. 105– 06).

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