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Pacific countries demand fair trade with 27/11/2008

The Pacific Islands nations have come together to demand a fair trade deal with the European Union.

Officials from the African, Caribbean and Pacific nations are meeting in Port Moresby with EU delegates.

The Pacific's regional political grouping, the Pacific Island Forum says the countries have come together and are negotiating as a team.

The nation's regional trade policy advisor, says the region wants a fair and flexible trade agreements with the EU.

Doctor Jim Gosselin says the EU wants the Pacific nations to drop export taxes but the countries do not like that idea.

''There is no obligation under the World Trade Organisations WTO rules to drop export taxes," he said.

"We will not accept their conditions on export tax -export tax is very important for us''.

The trade negotiations will end on Friday.

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