12 Mar 2005

Vanuatu and New Caledonia bid to strengthen co-operation

5:50 am on 12 March 2005

The Vanuatu foreign affairs minister, Sato Kilman, has met the president of New Caledonia, Marie-Noelle Themereau, in Noumea.

The neighbours expressed their will to strengthen their co-operation, and underlined the role of France in the region.

Mr Kilman told a joint press conference that France to become dynamic in its contribution to the economic development of the region.

France signed a co-operation treaty with Vanuatu which was ratified in 2002.

The treaty deals with education, health, youth, sports and also cultural exchanges.

Mr Kilman is preparing the outlines of a new co-operation treaty for the next two years.