Germany's Greens applauds Nobel choice

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8 October 2004 , BERLIN - The German government, in which pro-environment Greens share power, applauded the choice Friday of Kenyan environmentalist Wangari Maathai as this year's Nobel Peace Prize winner. Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer, most prominent member of the Greens party, said: "Wangari Maathai has made a sterling and lasting contribution to saving the environment of Africa." His sentiments were echoed by another Greens minister in Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder's coalition government, Environment

8 October 2004

BERLIN - The German government, in which pro-environment Greens share power, applauded the choice Friday of Kenyan environmentalist Wangari Maathai as this year's Nobel Peace Prize winner.

Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer, most prominent member of the Greens party, said: "Wangari Maathai has made a sterling and lasting contribution to saving the environment of Africa."

His sentiments were echoed by another Greens minister in Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder's coalition government, Environment Minister Juergen Trittin.

"You are a role model for courageous commitment to democracy and the environment in Kenya and a champion for the best ideals for the 21st Century," Trittin said.

Maathai once studied in Germany under a stipend from the German Academy Exchange Service (DAAD), which extended its congratulations.

"We are humbled and proud that this courageous woman has been selected for this high honour," said DAAD head Dorothea Rueland.

In a telegram, German President Horst Koehler congratulated Maathai for "your unwavering devotion for decades to the cause of maintaining an intact environment".

He added: "The right of all people to a life in a sound environment is the cornerstone of all human rights." 

DPA

Subject: German news


 

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