The Syrian National Council's proclamation of Syria's independence - March 8, 1920, p. I

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Among other things, the Council crowned Faisal I as King of Syria, and refused accepting either the Sykes-Picot mandate system for Syria and Lebanon, or the Balfour Declaration for Palestine. For many years, March 8 remained a national holiday in Syria, observed as the official "Independence Day." This was changed when the French evacuated from Syria in April 1946.