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Lajčák Attends the Celebration of the 30th Anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall in Germany

Lajčák Attends the Celebration of the 30th Anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall in Germany

9.11.2019 | Aktivity ministra

“The fall of the Berlin Wall is a symbol of freedom, democracy and unification in Germany and all of Europe. At present mutual dialogue and understanding are more and more important not only among states but also in every society. This anniversary is therefore not only a monument to our past but also represents a strong message for our future,” stated the Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic Miroslav Lajčák during the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall today (9 November 2019). He delivered his remarks at the celebration of the event in Berlin, in which he participated at the invitation of his German counterpart Heiko Maas.

 

The official celebration was preceded by a reception for foreign affairs ministers of the European Union, USA, Russia and Canada together with the EU High Commissioner for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and the NATO Secretary-General. The participation of the selected ministers reflected the joint history with the neighboring states, Germany’s anchorage in the EU and NATO, as well as the irreplaceable role of the 4 powers (the USA, the Soviet Union/Russia, the United Kingdom and France) in unifying Germany. At the official ceremony, addresses were given by Frank Walter Steinmeier, the Federal President, and Michael Müller, the Mayor of Berlin.

 

On the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall in Germany and the revolutionary events of November 1989 in Slovakia, Minister Lajčák presented a large painting by the contemporary Slovak artist Oto Hudec on the facade of Slovakia’s Embassy in Berlin. The painting entitled “Roots Deeper Than Walls” depicts two trees separated by a wall, the roots of which are mutually intertwined.

 

The work was created based on a competition of artists initiated by the Slovak Embassy in Berlin in cooperation with Kunsthalle in Bratislava and the curator Lenka Kukurová. The winning design was chosen by a Slovak-German jury of experts. “The large artistic work on the façade of Slovakia’s Embassy in Berlin is a unique way to remember the anniversary of the significant events on the journey to democracy,” stated Lajčák.

 

The Slovak Embassy is located near Postupim Square, which used to be on the border between the West and East Berlin before 1989. “The painting recalls not only the Wall but also many other symbolic or real walls that still exist and need to be torn down,” concluded Lajčák.