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Irish prime minister balks at course of EC talks

Irish Prime Minister Garret FitzGerald Tuesday vowed to block any agreement at a vital European Community summit meeting after it rejected his demands for special treatment for Ireland's dairy farmers.

A spokesman for the Irish leader said FitzGerald had stormed out and would not return to the meeting, which is trying to rescue the Common Market from imminent bankruptcy.

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Earlier, officials from France, whose leader Francois Mitterrand is the community's current president, had intensive private discussions with British officials in an all-out bid to narrow differences over London's budget overpayments and ways to replenish the bloc's almost exhausted coffers.

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