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Franco-German model best for India Pakistan peace

Karachi, January 30, 2013 (PPI-OT): France and Germany have come a long way on the path of peace and friendship, forever burying their centuries old animosity and conflict. This was said by German Consul General Dr Tilo Klinner at a glittering reception jointly hosted by him and French Consul General Mr Christian Ramage to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Elysee Treaty (Treatment of Friendship between Germany and France).

Dr Klinner said the two countries were celebrating something special, and the Golden Jubilee of Germany France friendship is very symbolic and become so close that the world had a doubt about their close ties. He said all this had been possible because civil society in both countries had become active participants in the process.

He added the one Europe idea emanated from their friendship and had eventually achieved a Europe without borders, a single currency and a region that has the greatest peace and prosperity in the world.

Dr Klinner said both countries were keen to see this process replicated in the sub-continent so peace and prosperity reigns in an area that is home to nearly one-fifth of humanity.

The German Consul General said Germany and France support the Karachi-Mumbai Initiative launched to bring peace between Pakistan and India.

French Consul General Christian Ramage speaking on the occasion, said the Franco-German reconciliation very difficult to begin but over time had become so close that almost 50,000 French German couples get married very year.

Dr Klinner invited Convener Karachi-Mumbai Initiative (KMI) Farhat Ali to address the gathering. Mr Ali said KMI was a small step toward bringing durable peace between India and Pakistan.

For more information, contact:
Ali R. Akhtar
Press and Public Relations Officer
Press and Cultural Section
Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany
92-A/7, Block 5, Clifton
Karachi, Pakistan
Tel.: (+92-21-) 3587 3782/83 Ext. 223
Fax: (+92-21-) 3587 4009
E-Mail: ali.akhtar@diplo.de
Web: www.karachi.diplo.de

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