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Japan Deputy Foreign minister,Hitochi Tanaka (L) ,irish Foreign minister ,current Chairman of the Council (C) and EU Commissioner for External Relation ,british Chris PAtten (R),and Nguyen Trung Thanh Deputy Foreign minister of Vietnam give a joint press conference at the end of the 6th ASEM Foreign ministers'meeting in Straffan (Ireland) 18 april 2004. AFP PHOTO GERARD CERLES