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23 February

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FOREIGN MINISTER TO GO OVERSEAS

The Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr Andrew Peacock, will visit New Zealand, the United States and Thailand next month.

Mr Peacock said today that he· would leave Australia on 7 March to accompany the Prime ,Minister, Mr Fraser, to the meeting of South Pacific Forum leaders in New Zealand on 8-9 March. . ' ■ . ,

From there he would go to New York to.lead the Australian delegation to the fourth session of the Third United Nations Conference on the.Law of the Sea.

Mr Peacock said: "I hope that at this session of the conference the nations of the world will achieve the objective set for them by the United Nations General Assembly. This was to devise a.new, comprehensive

and effective system of international law t o ,regplate the activities of states ‘ And people in the seas and seabed. ' '

"It will be Australia's objective- to · promote an outcome that brings maximum benefits .to the international community while at the same time meeting the legitimate demands of states -for jurisdiction over the resources around their.coastlines as well as for assured rights of sea passage. · .

Mr Peacock said that after attending the Law of the Sea Conference he would go. "to Washington where he expected to have discussions with the -Secretary of State, Dr Kissinger, and other senior Administration

officials. He would also* meet senior members of the House and Senate foreign relations committee.

He would then go to Bangkok to lead the ' Australian delegation to the 32nd session of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESQAP).

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Mr Peacock said that the aim of ESCAP was to promote economic and social development in the region. It was made up of 26 full regional members, including Australia, and five non-regional members (the United

States, Britain, France, the Soviet Union and the Netherlands).

Mr Peacock said: "ESCAP is unique in that it is the only regional organisation in the Asia-Pacific area that includes as members all countries of the region. Australia attaches great importance to its membership in ESCAP", :