Kohl to miss Berlin wall ceremonies

7th November 2009, Comments 0 comments

Former German chancellor Helmut Kohl said on Saturday that nothing made him prouder than German unity.

Berlin -- Former German chancellor Helmut Kohl, seen as the father of the country's reunification 20 years ago, will skip Monday's festivities marking the fall of the Berlin Wall, his office said Monday.

"He is sticking to his decision not to participate Monday," an aide told AFP. "He was already in Berlin last weekend with Mr Bush and Mr Gorbachev, and talked about November 9 at that time."

The aide denied that health reasons were behind the 79-year-old Kohl's decision.

Kohl, former US president George Bush and former Russian leader Mikhail Gorbachev, who were all in power at the time of the reunification of East and West Germany, were reunited in Berlin on Saturday.

Kohl, speaking from a wheelchair after breaking a hip, said at the time he was not sure he could take part in Monday's ceremonies, because of a "serious accident this year."

He was apparently referring to a severe stroke which paralysed his lower face and made it difficult to speak.

Kohl said on Saturday that nothing made him prouder than German unity.

AFP/Expatica

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