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ASSOCIATION SEEKS CREATION OF STATE NAMED PRUSSIA FROM E. GERMAN TERRITORY

A group of about 100 academics and politicians Saturday called for the creation of a state in Germany named Prussia, which would include much of eastern German territory.

The Association for the Free State of Brandenburg-Prussia vowed to increase pressure for the creation of a Prussian state comprising of the existing eastern German states of Brandenburg, Saxony-Anhalt, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, and Berlin in a statement issued after a meeting in held in Erkner, a Berlin suburb.The Prussian state would be one of the states of united Germany, the association said in a statement.

"A merger of the states of ex-East Germany would give greater potency to the economic strength of the region," said Joachim Winter, the association's spokesman.

A state of Brandenburg-Prussia would have a population of nearly 10 million and would be an economically important factor in the process of European unification, Winter said.

He said the re-creation of the five states in former East Germany with the Oct. 3, 1990, German unification had been a mistake.

The five former East German states had been abolished by the hard-line Communist government in 1952 and replaced by 15 districts in a bid to centralize power in East Berlin.

Prussia was legally dissolved as a state in 1947 by order of the Allied Control Council - comprised of Britain, France, the Soviet Union and the United States - which governed Germany from the end of World War II until the 1949 creation of East Germany and West Germany.

"Prussia was from time immemorial a carrier of reaction and militarism in Germany," was the official allied explanation for the dissolution of Prussia.

But the group of nearly 100 academics and politicians who form the Association for the Free State of Brandenburg-Prussia say they reject talk of the militaristic elements of former Prussia and instead want to revive other Prussian traditions, including culture, administration of justice and state social programs as well as toleration of minorities.

"We are not interested in restoring the old Prussian monarchy," Winter said.