24 Jul 2004

Australia and New Zealand agree to further security co-operation

8:53 am on 24 July 2004

Australia and New Zealand say they have agreed to co-operate better to stop weapons of mass destruction spreading into the Pacific Islands region.

The defence ministers of both countries met in Taupo in New Zealand yesterday.

In a statement, Robert Hill and his New Zealand counterpart Mark Burton said they had talked about the US-led campaign against terrorism.

The ministers said they would encourage regional cooperation in countering terrorist activities.

They said the defence forces in both countries would make the most of joint exercises.