Vienna, 30 June 2014 Press release

Foreign Minister Kurz commemorates the cutting of the Iron Curtain

Commemorative ceremony to mark the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Iron Curtain in Austria, Hungary and Slovakia on 27 June 2014

Vienna, 30 June 2014 – On June 27th, precisely 25 years after former Austrian Foreign Minister Alois Mock and his Hungarian counterpart Gulya Horn jointly cut the Iron Curtain between Austria and Hungary in a symbolic act, hundreds of young people from Austria, Hungary and Slovakia gathered to celebrate a Party of Freedom and Youth. Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz: "The fall of the Iron Curtain 25 years ago was a veritable milestone on the road towards a peaceful and united Europe. This is why I am even more pleased to celebrate this anniversary with young people from Austria, Hungary and Slovakia." 

The celebration was held at the historic border location where the first cut was made in the Iron Curtain near Klingenbach, Burgenland and included the signing of a Freedom Charter. Austrian Minister Sebastian Kurz was joined by Slovakian Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Miroslav Lajčák and the Hungarian Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Péter Szijjártó. In their statements they each referred to the positive developments of the past 25 years in Austria, Hungary and Slovakia and to the friendly relations between the three countries. 

Witnesses of the dramatic events in 1989 reported on their historic experiences as they were celebrating at the park that was established in commemoration of the Pan-European Picknick near St. Margarethen. The three ministers laid a wreath at the remains of the Iron Curtain. The celebrations then continued at the "Gate of Freedom" at Devin Castle near Bratislava and after the young people had explored Bratislava, the Twin City Liner took them back to Vienna where the party continued at the Badeschiff location (thanks also to the support of the Swiss Embassy and the Romanian Cultural Institute) with performances by "Christina Zurbrügg & Band" and "Electric Brother".

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