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NATO: EU Reacts Positively To Clinton Victory

Prague, 6 November 1996 (RFE/RL) -- Reaction from NATO and the European Union to U.S. President Bill Clinton's re-election to a second four-year term is favorable, both for Clinton and the outlook for expanded relations with the new democracy of Central and Eastern Europe.

NATO Secretary General Javier Solana congratulated Clinton, saying he looks forward to a NATO summit next year in his words, "to complete the alliance's important agenda for a new security architecture in Europe." That was a reference to plans to expand NATO membership to the East to include qualifying new democracies.

EU commissioner for relations with Russia and Eastern Europe, Hans van den Broek, also commented on Clinton's victory. He said that considering the variety of existing international problems, including Bosnia, it is "good to know that there is a well-trained team and an experienced president who will be our partner."