FOREIGN MINISTERS OF FIJI AND FRANCE MEET IN PARIS

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PARIS, France (May 12, 1998 - Radio Australia)---Fiji's Foreign Minister, Berenado Vunibobo, has conferred with his French counterpart, Hubert Vedrine, in Paris on matters of trade and development aid and the future of the French Pacific colony of New Caledonia.

Under discussion was the so-called Lomé Convention, which lays the groundwork for commercial and development links between the European Union and the 70-member group of Africa-Pacific-Caribbean countries.

The convention is scheduled for renewal in the year 2000.

The ministers also are reported to have discussed the agreement signed last month between France and New Caledonia, which deferred a final decision on the colony's political future for up to 20 years.

During his visit to Paris, Mr. Vunibobo also is expected to meet with French Foreign Trade Minister Jacques Dondoux and Overseas Territories Minister Jean-Jack Queyranne.

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