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Minister to visit Torres Strait

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The Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, Mr Ian Winer mill visit the Torres Strait tomorrow (Friday) ,tp outline to the Chairmen of Island Councils and NAC tepreseritatiued the arrangements for the declaration by Australia and Papua Neut Guinea of intdriih 200 mile maritime lories ad they affect the Torres Strait.

Mr Winer·said today he understood that PNG mould make interim declarations this meek.

The Minister said he had informed all the Island Chairmen on 10 February · that the Foreign Ministers of Australia and PNG had held discussions and had noj;ed horn each country mas to deal mith the interim proclamations. j

Both countries had agreed to resume substantive negotiations on all issues relating to the Torres Strait.

During his visit the Minister mill unveil a "commemorative plaque at Yam Island recording the visit of the Prime Minister, Mr Fraser, to the Torres Strait in November, 1976»

He mill also discuss the development of the fishing industry in the , Torres Strait and the improvement of 'transport and "communication services.

CANBERRA, A.C.T. 30 March, 1978.