Lithuanian Minister of Foreign Affairs Audronius Ažubalis sent a letter to the Foreign Minister of the Federal Republic of Germany Guido Westerwelle, congratulating him on the occasion of the Day of German Unity. The Minister stressed that this day not just marked the victory of reunited Germany over a repressive system, but also a significant turning point in history, which predicted the collapse of the Soviet Union and the end of the Cold War.
“22 years ago on 3 October the German nation proved that artificial walls cannot detain people’s desire for freedom. A student in the United States at that time, I had the opportunity to be in Washington, D.C., and witness personally the issuance of the German - American Day Proclamation by President George H. W. Bush on 3rd of October 1990. The document, which expressed solidarity and friendship between the two great nations and states, among other things expressed hope that the achievement of German unity would also give hope to others, particularly the Baltic peoples that they could succeed even over seemingly insurmountable obstacles. Indeed, for Lithuania as well as many other countries, the 3rd of October 1990 marked a significant turning point in history,” the Minister’s congratulatory letter reads.