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Friday, December 11, 1998 Published at 20:22 GMT


World: Europe

European leaders honour Kohl


can follow EUROPEAN UNION SUMMIT The summit leaders paused during their talks for a special ceremony to honour the former German chancellor, Helmut Kohl, for his contribution to European integration.

He was made an honorary Citizen of Europe -- only the second person to receive such an accolade -- the first was Jean Monnet, one of the founding fathers of the European movement.

Accepting the award, Mr Kohl urged the summit leaders not to lose sight of the big picture in their haggles over the budget -- and to honour the promises made to the former Communist states to the east that they could soon join the European mainstream.

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