The three leaders of the Soviet Union, the United States and West Germany, at the time of the fall of the Berlin Wall, have been honoured in the German capital.
George Bush, Mikhail Gorbachev and Helmut Kohl took to the stage reminisce. The former US President George Bush said: “The wall could confine them from loved ones and lock them in a failing economic system, but in the end it could not extinguish the embers of their hope or harness their human desire for freedom.” His Soviet counterpart Mikhail Gorbachev spoke about the future: “ When I was asked about what advise I would offer on current problems, I said I offer no schedule, plans or projects. I will say this, the US needs its own perestroika. I remember I told my assistant “ you know there will be changes in the US, and we see that now in Obama.” Helmut Kohl West German chancellor at the time expressed his pride at his countrys reunification: “ The reunification we succeeded in achieving was done in peace, freedom and with the agreement of our neighbours. Those who write in the newspapers today that it was all obvious should also write, We’ll never forget that this opportunity has been offered to us and we should be grateful and proud. I am proud that Germany reunited.”
More on the Berlin Wall: www.euronews.net/1989-2009