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16. 6. 2017

Upon the passing of Helmut Kohl

Ljubljana, 16 June 2017 – We were deeply saddened by the news of the passing of former German Chancellor Helmut Kohl, who played an indelible role in the consolidation of the European Union. For his outstanding contribution to the recognition of Slovenia's independence in 1991, he was decorated with the Order for Exceptional Services of the Republic of Slovenia in 2005.


One of the most prominent statesmen of the Federal Republic of Germany and a true European, Helmut Kohl will be remembered as a dear friend of Slovenia. Throughout his life, he remained a champion of peace and the respect for fundamental rights and freedoms of each and every individual. We deeply appreciate his efforts for the development of democracy in Europe and worldwide, and are grateful for all his support given to Slovenia's international recognition and European integration.