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PAPEÉTE, Tahiti (Tahitipresse, June 20) - French Polynesia President Oscar Temaru suggested during visits to Australia and New Zealand last week that both countries participate in Tahiti’s development in the areas of education, job training and technology, according to a press communiqué.

During meetings with Australian Prime Minister John Howard and New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark, Temaru noted "the enormous" trade deficit that French Polynesia has with each country, according to a press communiqué from Temaru’s office in Papeéte.

Temaru’s suggested roles for both countries would be a way of compensating for those deficits, according to the communiqué.

Aside from Temaru’s direct contact with the local media at the Tahiti-Faa’a International Airport on the night of his return from visits to Australia and New Zealand last week, Tahiti’s president appears to have resorted to issuing press communiqué’s instead of holding press conferences.

The latest communiqué was issued on the eve of his departure for Paris, where he is scheduled to meet with members of new French Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin’s government.

June 21, 2005

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