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Germany will 'never forget' Ireland's help : Article by Derek Scally

The following is an extract of an article by Derek Scally that appeared in the Irish Times on 29th. April 2010, twenty years after the Dublin Summit of 1990, at which a deal for EU backing of German unification was agreed.

Germany will "never forget" how Ireland helped secure EU backing for German unification, the country's Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle said.

Mr. Westerwelle met his Irish counterpart Micheál Martin in Berlin yesterday to commemorate the Dublin Castle summit 20 years ago.

The extraordinary summit cleared the way for the territory of then East Germany to join the European Community as part of a unified Germany later that year, with no conditions or treaty changes.

"That was an immensely important step, largely promoted by our Irish friends. It was a real milestone in the unification process", said Mr. Westerwelle. He then added, in English: "Thank you very much for what your country did for German unification. It was important in our history and we will never forget it".

The deal reached in Dublin was far from a given, with considerable resistance from many of the 12 Member States, including France, and, in particular, Margaret Thatcher in London.

After securing the deal in Dublin, Helmut Kohl praised the diplomacy of then Taoiseach Charles Haughey and Minister for Foreign Affairs, Gerry Collins, for opening the door to what he described as "the dream of all Germans".

Yesterday in Berlin, Mr. Martin said Ireland had acted on "instinct" in 1990 and suggested Ireland's political divisions had given it a "special understanding for the desire for unity palpable" in the two German States after the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989.