The former German foreign Minister Klaus Kinkel is dead. The former FDP Chairman, died Monday at the age of 82 years, the current party leader, Christian Lindner, relying on the family on Tuesday, the German press told the Agency.

The funeral took place on Kinkel’s request, in the narrowest circle. He was for many years the closest associates of the former Minister of foreign Affairs Hans-Dietrich Genscher (also FDP). After his retirement from the foreign office he took over in 1992, for six years in the Ministry. Kinkel also Vice-Chancellor of the former black-yellow coalition.

The native of Schwabe started his professional career after law school as a civil servant in the Federal Ministry of the interior. In 1979, he was the first civilian at the head of the Federal intelligence service (BND). After the change of power to a Black-and-Yellow in 1982, he returned as Secretary of state in the Ministry of justice in the former German capital, Bonn. In this role, he was involved in after the fall of the Berlin wall on the German-German unification Treaty.

in 1991 the top officials, even the Minister of justice. Only at that time, he also joined in the FDP. A year later, he was according to Genscher’s resignation in a vote for the top post in the foreign office against the former tree inisterin Irmgard Adam-Schwaetzer (also FDP). 1993 Kinkel, Vice-Chancellor Helmut Kohl (CDU).

in Addition, Kinkel, he was also the chair of the FDP. After a run of defeats in local and state elections but he declined in 1995 to a renewed candidacy. With the election victory of Red-and-Green he lost in 1998 to be a Minister. Until 2002, Kinkel then sat in the Bundestag. Later, he worked as a lawyer and took over the presidency of the Deutsche Telekom Foundation. Most recently, he lived in Sankt Augustin, near Bonn, Germany.

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