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Torres strait-resumed treaty negotiations



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M42 Date 14 April 1978 THE HON. ANDREW PEACOCK M.P.

TORRES STRAIT - RESUMED TREATY NEGOTIATIONS

The Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs, the Honourable Andrew Peacock M.P., and the Papua New Guinea Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, the Honourable N. Ebia Olewale, M.P.,announced today that they would meet in Sydney from 26 to 28 April for resumed

negotiations on maritime boundaries between their two countries and all other issues relating to Torres Strait.

The t.wo Foreign Ministers recalled that during their meeting in Port Moresby in early February it had been agreed that, after a period of suspension during the time of the Papua New Guinea and Australian elections in 1977, both Governments considered that it was now appropriate

for substantive negotiations to be resumed.

The two Ministers said that in their joint statement of 10 February 1978 they had reaffirmed the intention of both their Governments to reach an equitable and permanent settlement and had agreed that the negotiations would be pursued in the spirit of the joint communique issued by

the Australian Prime Minister, Mr Fraser, and the Papua New Guinea Prime Minister, Mr Somare, on 11 February 1977. Both Governments were determined and confident that outstanding issues could and would be resolved through a

continued process of bilateral negotiations which, as hitherto, would be pursued in a spirit of amity and co-operation.