World Leaders Attend Memorial Event For Former German Chancellor Kohl

Jul 02, 2017, 02:02
World Leaders Attend Memorial Event For Former German Chancellor Kohl

Political leaders across Europe and former United States president Bill Clinton have paid tribute to late German chancellor Helmut Kohl at the European Parliament.

The ceremony, starting at 11.00 CET (14:00 Yerevan Time) on Saturday, will be attended by the presidents of European Union institutions, former and current heads of state and government and other dignitaries.

"A giant of the post-war period has left us", Jean-Claude Juncker, the head of the European Commission and the only current leader in Europe to have worked alongside Kohl, told the service at the European Parliament.

Following the late German leader's death, Netanyahu praised Kohl's "commitment to Israel's security" during his tenure as chancellor, and expressed appreciation for his "empathy" for the Jewish state.

Dmitry Medvedev, the Russian Prime Minister, described Mr Kohl as the "the architect of the world order", adding: "In Russia, we'll remember him as our friend - a wise and honest person".

Chancellor Angela Merkel, who served as a minister under Kohl in the 1990s but later had a falling out over his role in receiving $1 million in illegal campaign cash donations, remembered Kohl as an at-times controversial figure with numerous enemies.

After a memorial in Strasbourg, France, Helmut Kohl's coffin is transported to Speyer, Germany, where he will be buried.

Kohl is hailed as the father of Germany's 1990 reunification, having convinced Western partners and Russia's Mikhail Gorbachev that Germany's capitalist west and communist east must become one nation again.

Germany's longest-serving chancellor since 19th century leader Otto von Bismarck, Kohl took office in 1982 when the Soviet Union had an iron grip on eastern Europe.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Emmanuel Macron and former USA president Bill Clinton are due to speak at the ceremony.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Kohl's vision and persistence had paid a historic dividend. "I bow before you and your memory in gratitude and humility", she said.

Junker said the ceremony at the European Parliament's seat in the French city of Strasbourg, close to the border with Germany, was the choice of Kohl himself.

His body was taken from his birthplace in Ludwigshafen, Germany, early in the morning and taken to Strasbourg.

Kohl was to be laid to rest in a private ceremony at a cemetery in Speyer.

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