Foreign Minister Urmas Paet, in Singapore for a visit, participated along with Singaporean Foreign Minister George Yong-Boon Yeo in the opening of a memorial dedicated to the 20-year anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.
In Bedok National Park in Singapore, it is possible to see four pieces of the Berlin Wall, onto which German artist Dennis Kaun made graffiti of two kings (The Kings of Freedom) after the fall of the wall. The kings signify the circumstances and mentalities that reigned on both sides of the wall at that time.
In his speech, Foreign Minister Urmas Paet emphasised that it is not possible to isolate people who yearn for freedom from the free world by force. “The fall of the Berlin Wall and the rapid deterioration of totalitarian regimes in Central and Eastern Europe is exactly the kind of example that gave hope and courage to those who could not experience the benefits of the free world,” he asserted.
In his speech, Paet also talked about the non-violent restoration of Estonia’s independence, the Singing Revolution, and the Baltic Chain.
In 2009, 20 years passed since the fall of the Berlin Wall. Foreign Minister Urmas Paet said that the Berlin Wall was one of the most prominent symbols of the Cold War, and that the strong desire of people to be free gave the impetus for its destruction. “The fall of the wall proved that people yearning for freedom cannot be separated by dividing walls,” stated the foreign minister. Paet said that the firm desire of the Estonian people, the fall of the Berlin Wall, and the deterioration of the Soviet empire gave Estonia the chance to return to a democratic society and restore its position in Europe.
At the opening of the memorial dedicated to the fall of the Berlin Wall, the German ambassador to Singapore read the address by the German chancellor at that time, Helmut Kohl.
Estonian and Singaporean Foreign Ministers Opened Memorial to the Fall of the Berlin Wall