24th Anniversary of the Day of German Unity
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Celebrations to mark the 24th Day of German Unity
On 2 October 2014, to mark the 24th Day of German Unity and the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin wall, the Ambassador to the Republic of Germany, Joachim Baron von Marschall together with his wife, Catrione Garrett and members of the German Embassy staff welcomed ca. 400 guests, including several Government Ministers, the diplomatic corps and business representatives to a reception in the Raffles Hotel, Le Royal in Phnom Penh. The Kingdom of Cambodia’s Government was officially represented by Senior Minister for Special Missions and Chairman of the National ESCAP Committee (United Nations ‑ Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific), His Excellency Ly Thuch.
In his speech the Ambassador pointed to the importance of the fall of the Berlin wall not only for German reunification but also for the development of a united Europe. In Cambodia, he welcomed the ending of the almost year long constitutional impasse with the entrance into the National Assembly of the opposition at the beginning of August. Referring to the current situation in eastern Europe and the Middle East, the Ambassador reminded the audience that peace should not be taken for granted. And referring to Germany’s success in the FIFA World Cup this year, he suggested that the world championship is a peaceful way for nation to measure its strength against nation and provides an opportunity to deepen understanding and friendship between nations. The judgement of 7 August 2014 by the Khmer Rouge Tribunal, according to the Ambassador, had sent out a message that lawlessness and impunity cannot succeed against the power of the rule of law.
The national anthems of Cambodia and the Federal Republic of Germany and the European Union anthem were sung by the Japanese opera singer, Ms. Ai Iwasaki. The evening’s musical accompaniment was provided by faculty members of the Phnom Penh International Institute for the Arts (PPIIA). Guests were able to inform themselves about German-Cambodian cooperation in the field of development and the opportunities for learning German in Phnom Penh thanks to small exhibitions provided by GIZ, KfW and the Goethe Institute. Guests were served with German and Cambodian speciality food and “Cambodia beer” brewed according to German standards. Instead of the traditional floral bouquets, guests contribute generously to this year’s chosen charity, „KKEV Cambodia“, a community for disadvantaged children established and supported by a German-based foundation.