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German embassy to open book of condolences for former president

Walter Scheel

THE German Embassy to Cyprus announced on Thursday that a book of condolence would be opened for the death of former President Walter Scheel who passed away on Wednesday at the age of 97.

“I am saddened by the death of Walter Scheel. The staff of the Federal Foreign Office and I mourn the passing of a former Foreign Minister,” said a statement from German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier.

He added that Scheel had a “long life well spent”. Walter Scheel will be remembered as a great politician of the young Federal Republic of Germany’s first decades,” he said.

Scheel decisively shaped the foreign policy of the country in difficult times – with an iron curtain running straight through divided Germany – as Foreign Minister and as Federal President, Steinmeir said.

“Walter Scheel was one of the architects of Germany’s “Ostpolitik” in the SPD/FDP coalition government headed by Willy Brandt. Walter Scheel helped negotiate and bring through parliament not only the treaties with the Soviet Union and with Poland, but also the other Eastern Treaties”.

All of these, he said, are historic milestones of Germany’s policy of détente, which ultimately led to reunification and to an end of the division of Europe. “Walter Scheel rendered great service to our country. We are grateful to him for many decades of tireless dedication to peace and freedom. His memory will be revered”.

The book of condolence will be opened at the German Embassy, located in Saktouris Street, 1080 Nicosia (Entrance opposite the PIO), on Monday, August 29 from 10am to 12pm and on Tuesday, August 30 from 1pm to 3pm.

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