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New Zealand Diplomat Beeby Dies

March 21, 2000

GENEVA (AP) _ Christopher Beeby, a former New Zealand foreign minister who served on the World Trade Organization’s appeals body, has died. He was 64.

Beeby died in his sleep in Geneva Sunday, according to a WTO statement. Officials did not have details of the cause of death.

Beeby served as deputy secretary of foreign affairs from 1985 to 1991, and became New Zealand’s ambassador to France and Algeria in 1992.

The United States and Canada invited Beeby to mediate a 1995 dispute over the Pacific Salmon Treaty but Washington rejected his report.

In 1995, he was appointed to the appellate body of the newly formed WTO. He served on the panel that judged the first trade appeal brought to the WTO, and went on to be reappointed for another four years last December.

Information on funeral arrangements and survivors was not immediately available.

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