Bush senior, Gorbachev, Kohl receive unity prize

17th June 2005, Comments 0 comments

17 June 2005, GEISA - Former US president George Bush received on Friday an award for promoting German unity along with former German chancellor Helmut Kohl and former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev.

17 June 2005

GEISA - Former US president George Bush received on Friday an award for promoting German unity along with former German chancellor Helmut Kohl and former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev.

The EUR 50,000 Point Alpha Prize honours services to German reunification. Bush, father of today's US president, and the other two men were their nations' leaders when the Berlin Wall fell in 1989.

"You played an essential part in ensuring that the decades of division of Germany and Europe, of dictatorship and of lack of liberty were overcome," said Christine Lieberknecht, the president of the group that administers the award.

The ceremony was held on the former Iron Curtain at the place the prize is named after. Point Alpha was the most advanced NATO position opposite Warsaw Pact troops in the Fulda Gap, the point where Soviet forces were believed most likely to attack if war had broken out.

The US post was just 100 metres from the East German frontier, between the eastern German town of Geisa and the western German town of Rasdorf. The facilities have been turned into a museum.

DPA

Subject: German news

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