Anniversary of the fall of Berlin Wall held in Cambodia

PHNOM PENH—The German embassy in Phnom Penh on Thursday unveiled its first street art project to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. 


The embassy’s gate has been occupied by a mural depicting nine columns on one door panel and 11 on another, symbolizing the date the wall that had divided Germany during the cold war came down – the 9th of November 1989.


The mural was jointly painted by German artist Danilo Halle and Cambodian artist Hour Soben.


German Ambassador Christian Berger said the painting, which used the combinaitons for the colors of the flags of Germany and Cambodia, “characterizes the relationship” between the two countries.


“Let us work together towards a better future for our peoples,” he said. 


Mr. Prak Sokhonn, Cambodia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, attended the event on Thursday.


In his remark, he said Cambodia and German share similar past in national reconciliation process, adding that unification of Germany as well as that of Cambodia was possible only because of the will of the peoples.


“Because of that, our two countries understand each other so well and because of that I am so pleased to see the German Embassy organize this art work,” Prak Sokhon said.  


“I hope to see more artistic event like this which, in my view, will inspire all of us to seek better understanding, dialogue, and trust between the peoples and governments of our two countries,” he added.


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