NEW ZEALAND, FRANCE IMPROVE RELATIONS

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WELLINGTON, New Zealand (RNZI, April 29) - New Zealand's Prime
Minister Helen Clark and French President Jacques Chirac have welcomed an
improvement in bilateral ties between their countries.

Clark told reporters after talks with President Chirac in Paris
that the relationship between New Zealand and France is in very good shape.

Ties between the two countries suffered after the French secret
service bombed the Greenpeace ship, Rainbow Warrior, in 1985 and France resumed
nuclear testing in the South Pacific in 1995.

The two leaders discussed a variety of issues, including their
support for multilateralism, after both opposed the war in Iraq.

However, they remain far apart on the question of farm policy
with Clark saying that European Union countries such as France must do more to
slash farm subsidies.

April 29, 2003

Radio Australia: http://abc.net.au/ra

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