The General Congress of Bukovina was called together at Cernauti on November 28, 1918, for the purpose of defining the political relations between Bukovina and the Kingdom of Romania. The representatives of the districts of Bukovina, after hearing a statement by the president, enthusiastically voted the motion of union:
“The General Congress of Bukovina, meeting on November 28, 1918 in the Hall of the Synod of Cernauti; considering that, since the foundation of the Romanian Principalities, Bukovina, comprising the ancient regions of Suceava and Cernauti, has always been a part of Moldavia and forms the original nucleus of the Moldavian state;
Considering that it is in the territory of this country that are located the ancient princely residence of Suceava, the princely tombs of Radauti, Putna and Sucevita and many other precious memorials to the past of Moldavia;
Considering that the children of this country, side by side with their brothers of Moldavia and under the command of the same princes, have defended their national existence in the course of the centuries against all violations and against foreign invasion;
Considering that Bukovina, in 1774, was separated from Moldavia by a brutal trick and attached by force to the Crown of the Hapsburgs ;
Considering that during 144 years the Bukovinian people endured the sufferings inflicted by a foreign government which treated their national rights with contempt and sought by all sorts of iniquities and persecutions to alter their character and to lead them to quarrel with other peoples with whom they wish to live on terms of friendship ;
Considering that the Bukovinians, in the course of a period of 144 years, have fought like martyrs on all the battlefields of Europe under a foreign flag for the existence, the glory and the greatness of their oppressors, and that their reward has been to suffer a restriction of their language in public life, in the school and even in the Church;
Considering that during this time the native people has been systematically prevented from enjoying the wealth and the resources of this country and has been in a large measure despoiled of its ancient inheritance ;
Considering that the Bukovinians nevertheless did not lose hope that the hour of salvation, awaited with so much fervour and courage, would one day strike and that the heritage of their ancestors, divided by unjust frontiers, would be completely retored by the reunion of Bukovina with the Moldavia of Stephen ; that they have never ceased to believe in the fullfilment of the great dream of the Romanian nation, the union of all the Romanian countries in a single national state from the Dniester to the Tisza.
Declares that this solemn hour has struck; that today, after the efforts and the sacrifices of Romania and of her mighty and noble allies, the principles of right and of humanity, reign in the world for all peoples ; that the Austro- Hungarian Monarchy, shaken loose from its foundations in consequence of the crushing blows which have been dealt it, has fallen and that all the peoples who were sheackled on its territories have won the right to free self-determination ; and that the first thought of liberated Bukovina turns to the Kingdom of Romania, in which it always trusted for its liberation:
We, members of the General Congress of Bukovina, embodying the supreme power of the country and invested with legislative powers, in the name of national sovereignty, proclaim :
That Bukovina, within its ancient frontiers extending to the Ceremu, the Colacin, and the Dniester, is unconditionally and forever united to the Kingdom of Romania”.
A delegation of fifteen members was appointed by the Congress to present this resolution to King Ferdinand I at Jassy.