The Embassies of France and Germany have on Tuesday 22 commemorated the signing of the Élysée Treaty at the French Residence in Nakasero, Kampala.
The treaty signed 55 years ago in January 22, 1963, by President Charles de Gaulle and Chancellor Konrad Adenauer sealed the reconciliation between France and Germany for the benefit of a long and lasting era of peace and friendship between the two countries.
To mark the 56th anniversary of the historic event and to encourage reconciliation and fruitful cooperation in Uganda, Their Excellencies Mrs. Stéphanie Rivoal, Ambassador of France to Uganda, and Dr. Albrecht Conze, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to Uganda hosted a Peace and Reconciliation Award ceremony.
Presented to Ms. Brenda Akia, a Ugandan consultant on conflict related sexual violence and transitional justice, the Peace and Reconciliation Award ceremony is a project between the two countries that was initiated two years ago.
The award recognizes individuals or organisations that have contributed to peace and reconciliation in Uganda.
In their speeches the Ambassadors referred to the long history of relation between the two countries, once defined by hatred and war, which is nowadays characterized by cooperation, joint efforts, partnership and friendship.
While at the Ceremony,Mrs. Stéphanie Rivoal, Ambassador of France to Uganda,cited that France together with Germany shall all forever be friends,be committed towards building long lasting prosperous unity and core values that are based on democracy,equality,freedom among others.
“It is more than ever absolutely necessary that, together, we firmly state our commitment to build a prosperous, more united Europe, which was built on core values.
Our values, the European values, shall never be forgotten. We care about dignity for all human beings, democracy, equality, freedom, we care about the rule of law and we care about respect of human rights. The 21st century is challenging them, it is challenging us, as Europeans. So we shall not waver. We shall not give in to the temptation of populism and forget who we are, as Europeans. We shall stand firm and build our Europe,” cited Ms. Rivoal.
The German Ambassador, Dr. Albrecht Conze, emphasized the two countries’ ongoing friendship adventure as one with more ambitions than anything else in the Capitals Berlin and Paris.Dr.Albrecht also revealed that Germany is Ugandan’s greatest friend as well and to up the Friendship this year,Germany has donated two Airbus 330 planes to the Uganda National Airline.
“This is the third time that the ambassadors of France and Germany to Uganda celebrate the unique friendship between their two countries. Every year on this 22nd of January, we give you a glimpse of what is going on at our workshop. This friendship is no given; it is an ongoing adventure, more ambitious than anything else Paris and Berlin are doing, and it will probably remain unfinished forever. Nevertheless, some of our products are ready to go – I am thinking of the two Airbus 330 planes that may soon be in the service of Uganda’s new national airline.”