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Saturday, 21 February, 1998, 18:13 GMT
Kohl, Chirac in Poland for Weimar summit

The leaders of France, Germany and Poland have held talks in the Polish city of Poznan, at which they strongly endorsed Poland's applications for membership of the European Union and NATO.

Speaking afterwards, the French President Jacques Chirac, the German Chancellor Helmut Kohl and the Polish President Aleksander Kwasniewski said their meeting had given a new impulse to European integration.

France, Germany and Poland have been holding annual talks since 1991, starting an informal grouping known as the Weimar Triangle.

The Poznan summit is the first at such a high level.

The three leaders also discussed the possible use of force in the Iraqi crisis, over which they have expressed differing positions.

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