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Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release April 20, 1999

The following is the text of the citation for the Presidential Medal of Freedom, which the President will present to Helmut Kohl:

     As a teenager at the close of World War II, Helmut Kohl walked home
     across his devastated nation, unaware that he would one day lead a
     Germany that was prosperous, united, and free.  Chancellor for an
     extraordinary 16 years, he championed reunification of his country
     and brought healing to a divided land.  A true world statesman, he
     promoted peace and democracy across the globe and advanced European
     unity, never losing faith in his vision of Germany as a strong
     economic partner among a continent of equals.  Through his singular
     courage and foresight, Helmut Kohl has won America's respect and

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