Obelisk in central Buenos Aires draped in German and Argentine flags

20th September 2007, Comments 0 comments

20 September 2007, Buenos Aires (dpa) - The obelisk in the centre of Buenos Aires was wrapped Wednesday night with the flags of Germany and Argentina to mark 150 years of diplomatic relations between the two countries.

20 September 2007

Buenos Aires (dpa) - The obelisk in the centre of Buenos Aires was wrapped Wednesday night with the flags of Germany and Argentina to mark 150 years of diplomatic relations between the two countries.

Ten workers contracted by the German embassy hung about 2,000 square metres of material on one of the Argentine capital's most famous icons.

It came as a surprise to the city's residents because the draping of the 67.5-metre-high monument had been kept secret with only Argentine authorities involved in the arrangements in the know.

"The anniversary of the friendship between our countries should be obvious to all in one fell swoop, not only in Buenos Aires or Argentina but also worldwide," said Felix Schwarz, project leader and German consul in Buenos Aires.

The project, which was financed by three large German companies operating in Argentina, marks the signing of the first treaty - a friendship, trade and shipping pact - between the two countries on September 19, 1857.

The German embassy has held numerous events in honour of the anniversary since the beginning of the year in Buenos Aires and other cities in Argentina, where about 800,000 descendants of German immigrants live.

The wrapping of the obelisk was postponed by 24 hours because of a storm.

DPA

Subject: German news

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