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The Princess of Asturias Foundation

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The City of Berlin, on the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Wall

Prince of Asturias Award for Concord 2009

At its meeting in Oviedo, the Jury for the 2009 Prince of Asturias Award for Concord, made up of Mr. Matías Rodríguez Inciarte, Fernando de Almansa Moreno-Barreda, Viscount of Castillo de Almansa, Mr. Isak Andic Ermay, Mr. José María Arias Mosquera, Mr. Adolfo Barthe Aza, Mr. Antonio Basagoiti García-Tuñón, Mr. Miguel Blesa de la Parra, Mr. Antonio Brufau Niubó, Mr. José Celma Prieto, Mr. Ramón Colao Caicoya, Mr. Jacobo Cosmen Menéndez-Castañedo, Mr. Francisco Daurella Franco, Juan Manuel Desvalls Maristany, Marquess of Poal, Mr. José Esteve Soler, Mr. Felipe Fernández Fernández, Mr. Pedro Luis Fernández Pérez, Mrs. Paz Fernández Felgueroso, Mr. Francisco de la Fuente Sánchez, Mr. José Luis García Palacios, Mr. Juan Ramón García Secades, Mr. Ignacio Garralda Ruiz de Velasco, Mr. Juan Luis Iglesias Prada, Mr. Fernando Menéndez Rexach, Mr. Manuel Olivencia Ruiz, Mr. Ángel Ron Güimil, Mr. Luis Sánchez-Merlo Ruiz, Mr. Antonio Ramón Suárez Gutiérrez, Mr. Antonio Trevín Lombán, Mr. José María Villanueva Fernández, Mr. Santiago de Ybarra y Churruca, Mr. Santiago Zaldumbide Viadas, chaired by Mr. Vicente Álvarez Areces and with Mr. Pedro de Silva Cienfuegos-Jovellanos acting as secretary, has decided to confer the 2009 Prince of Asturias Award for Concord on the City of Berlin, on the 20th Anniversary of the Fall of the Wall, as a symbol of those who, with the loss of their life or their freedom, fought in a direct way to surmount it, as well as of the millions of citizens who, after its fall, have been capable of building over the scars of division an open, welcoming and creative society, a nexus of concord in the heart of Germany and of Europe that contributes to understanding, coexistence, justice, peace and freedom in the world.

Oviedo, 10th September 2009 

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