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Steinmeier calls for memorial to German unity in Leipzig

DPA/The Local · 6 Jan 2009, 11:17

Published: 06 Jan 2009 11:17 GMT+01:00

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“Leipzig and its Monday demonstrations deserve a place of honour in the history for German freedom,” he told news agency DPA. “That's why I'd welcome a memorial to unity in Leipzig as a place of lasting remembrance.”

With the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall approaching in the autumn of 2009, there are presently only plans for a reunification memorial in the German capital. But Steinmeier late last year called the peaceful demonstration of 70,000 people in Leipzig on October 9, 1989 as a key turning point that would eventually lead to the opening of the Iron Curtain in November of that year.

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The German parliament the Bundestag has asked Culture Minister Bernd Neumann to explore the possibility of complementing a memorial in Berlin with one in Leipzig, as part of the €15 billion project. Neumann is expected to meet soon with local officials to determine the feasibilty of building a second monument to German reunification in the Saxon city.

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