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February 9, 1998
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The president of the European Union’s executive body said Europe would not attempt to replace the United States as the leading broker in efforts to revive the deadlocked Middle East peace process. “The United States has to be the leading power in this region,” Jacques Santer said during a visit to Israel. The European Union’s role “will be complementary and supportive,” he added, noting that Europe will try “to play a more major role as coordinator of all the economic actions taking place here in the region.”

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