To mark the 50th anniversary of Germany’s membership in the United Nations, Chancellor Olaf Scholz warned against imperialism and called for cooperation.
On the 50th anniversary of Germany’s UN membership, Chancellor Olaf Scholz urgently encouraged international cooperation.
At the anniversary reception held at the United Nations building on New York’s East River on Monday evening (local time), the SPD politician said that new cracks are now opening in the world and imperialism is “once again showing its ugly head.”
This is the lesson of Germany’s half-century of UN membership.
Simultaneous accession of the Federal Republic and East Germany
Exactly 50 years ago, the Federal Republic of Germany and East Germany simultaneously became part of the world organization. In his speech, Scholz reminded that ending the Cold War with a reunified Germany was a very distant utopia at that time.
This only became a reality when brave people in East Germany and throughout Eastern Europe toppled the Iron Curtain and leading politicians and citizens around the world overcame the deepest divisions.
Scholz commemorated Willy Brandt
Scholz also praised the role of his predecessor in the Chancellery, Willy Brandt (SPD), who had prepared the accession of both German states to the UN with his policy of détente towards East Germany, the Soviet Union and other Eastern European states.
Three principles were very important:
- Commitment to the peaceful resolution of conflicts in Europe
- Rejection of all forms of revisionism
- The desire to communicate across the deep gap between two systems
In addition to Scholz, the celebration was attended by Federal Foreign Affairs Minister Annalena Baerbock, Federal Environment Minister Steffi Lemke (both Greens) and Federal Development Minister Svenja Schulze (SPD). Among the guests was Dennis Francis, the current President of the UN General Assembly.
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