Prime Minister Ansip granted the Order of the Cross of Terra Mariana to Helmut Kohl

04.04.2006 | 11:06

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Berlin, 3 April 2006 – Prime Minister Andrus Ansip, who began a three-day business trip to Germany, today presented to former German chancellor Helmut Kohl the decoration of the 1st class of the Order of the Cross of Terra Mariana, which the President of the Republic had decided to give him for supporting Estonia’s strive towards independence.

In his welcome speech, Prime Minister Andrus Ansip spoke about Helmut Kohl’s contribution to the reunification of Germany and Europe, and his role in the changes at the beginning of the 1990’s in Europe.

“The reunification of Germany was an event of invaluable importance for all of reunified Europe. You grabbed hold of an opportunity that was open only for a moment and you made a decision, with your characteristic decisiveness, that democratic Europe had been waiting a long time for,” said Ansip.

The Prime Minister added: “It was the developments at Germany’s internal border that decisively lead to the restoration of our statehood. The fall of the Berlin wall showed that one era, embodied by Soviet occupational power, was over.”

Andrus Ansip congratulated Helmut Kohl for the high award granted to him and also wished the former German chancellor a happy birthday on his 76th birthday today.

Dear journalists, the Prime Minister’s speech was in German and it is available at the Internet website:

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