Remarks on German unification
|Document type:||public statement|
|Venue:||Outside No.10 Downing Street|
|Source:||Thatcher Archive: COI transcript|
|Editorial comments:||Around 1500?|
|Themes:||Foreign policy (Western Europe - non - EU), Foreign policy (Central and Eastern Europe)|
I tuned in after midnight last night to listen to sounds of jubilation and joy coming as the clock struck midnight and the celebrations started and it clearly was a great dawn for Germany and we do welcome the new Germany, as we welcomed the old Germany which has been a true ally in NATO, a true partner in Europe and a friend.
And I have a message specially for the Chancellor, Helmut Kohl, if you would very kindly deliver it to him because he must be thrilled and so must all the people.
Thank you very much Prime Minister. I would like to hand to you and it is a great privilege to give you the message of the Federal Chancellor on this historic day in our history and in our relationship and would like to express my gratitude for all the British people, but for what you, Prime Minister, and the British government have done to bring this about. This is a day of great joy, of great gratitude, of commemoration to us and we are so happy to know that we have good friends in Europe who helped us to bring this about.[fo 1]
Thank you. We scarcely thought we would ever see what has happened in the last year, but so much has happened that it is in a way a new beginning and we hope we will be able to make the very best of it for all of us.
We open a new chapter in European history for the better future of Europe.
Yes, and for the world as a whole.
And for the world as a whole.
And of course the collapse of the centrally-controlled systems in Eastern Europe and their coming freer.
This is a wonderful moment and we all would not have believed that it would come so quickly.
It is marvellous, it has been a remarkable year.