Summary:

Let $U$ be an open subset of the complex plane, and let $L$ denote a finitedimensional complex simple Lie algebra. {\it A. A. Belavin} and {\it V. G. Drinfel'd} investigated nondegenerate meromorphic functions from $U\times U$ into $L\otimes L$ which are solutions of the classical YangBaxter equation [Funct. Anal. Appl. 16, 159180 (1983; Zbl 0504.22016)]. They found that (up to equivalence) the solutions depend only on the difference of the two variables and that their set of poles forms a discrete (additive) subgroup $\Gamma$ of the complex numbers (of rank at most 2). If $\Gamma$ is nontrivial, they were able to completely classify all possible solutions. If $\Gamma$ is trivial, the solutions are called rational and for $L= sl_n(\bbfC)$ they were classified by {\it A. Stolin} [in Math. Scand. 69, No. 1, 5780 (1991; Zbl 0727.17005)]. \par A Lie algebra $L$ is called symmetric if there exists a nondegenerate symmetric invariant bilinear form on $L$. In the ! (English) 