Magazine article UN Chronicle

Assembly Recognizes German Unification

Magazine article UN Chronicle

Assembly Recognizes German Unification

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Assembly recognizes German Unification

On 3 October, the General Assembly recognized the unification of the Federal Republic of Germany and the German Democratic Republic. The newly-unified nationw would be known as Germany.

In a declaration issued on the eve of unification, Secretary-General Javier Perez de Cuellar said 3 October 1990 was a day of truly historic significance.

After 45 years of division, the two German States had overcome what had kept them apart, and decided, in conditions of freedom and democracy, to renew national unity.

He extended good wishes to Germans for a peaceful and prosperous future, in which they were bound to play a role of great importance in the continued pursuit of peace and well-being in Europe and in the world. "Strengthened by its unity, Germany will be able to serve the purposes and principles of the United Nations with even greater distinction and involvement", he concluded.

Assembly President Guido de Marco told delegates on 3 October that German unification, more than any other event, symbolized the end of the cold war. …

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