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NO. M2 8 Date 4 March 1991

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DIPLOMATIC APPOINTMENT - DENMARK

The Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Senator Gareth Evans, today announced the appointment of Mr John Burgess as Australia's Ambassador to Denmark. Mr Burgess succeeds Mr Jeffrey Benson who has been Ambassador since 1987.

Senator Evans said that Australia and Denmark had always

enjoyed a warm and friendly relationship, which was now being complemented by expanded trade and investment relations. . .

Although the balance of trade had been iri Denmark's favour forc some years, there were good prospects for increasing our ' " exports to Denmark, including coal.

There was also cause for optimism about the scope for attracting a greater Danish investment to Australia, including joint ventures. In the field of tourism, Australia welcomed

approximately ten thousand Danish visitors each year, including a number of young backpackers who had helped to encourage a new and growing trend in the Australian tourism industry.

Senator Evans said that our two countries shared similar views and concerns .on a range of issues across the international

agenda, including Antarctica and other environmental issues, disarmament and human rights. Denmark had proved a fruitful dialogue partner for Australia, providing particularly valuable

assessments of the process of change in Europe. Annual officials talks were established in 1990 in order to regularise and develop further our practice of consultation and

cooperation.

Senator Evans visited Denmark in 1989, and said today that he

hoped his Danish counterpart would soon be able to reciprocate.

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Mr Burgess will be concurrently accredited to Iceland.

Mr Burgess joined the then Department of External Affairs in 1963 and has served in Indonesia, Hong Kong, the USSR and Poland. Most recently, he has been Assistant Secretary of the Environment and Antarctic Branch in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Mr Burgess will take up his position in March this year.

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