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The Prime Minister’s Spokesman (PMS) began by running through three points to come out of the Prime Minister’s meeting with President Sarkozy earlier today. Firstly, the joint committee with the French on counter terrorism whichwill now meet quarterly. Secondly, there would be a joint initiative on the environment with the Chancellor and the French Finance Minister to lobby the European Commission to allow reduced rates of VAT on environmentally friendly goods. And thirdly a joint Franco-British communiqué on Darfur had been issued following this morning’s meetings. David Miliband and Bernard Kouchner, the French Foreign Minister would travel to New York shortly to push for a UN Security Council resolution on Darfur, and for that process to be accelerated. It was agreed by both parties that we should hold open the threat of sanctions if the Sudanese Government did not cooperate, but we would work jointly together with the French on a package of economic support, and the possibility was also raised of the Prime Minister and President Sarkozy visiting Darfur at some point in the future.

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