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Ambassador Eui-yong Chung (Korea, Republic of)
C.ii.iv.a Definition of the term "geographical indications" and eligibility of geographical indications for inclusion in the system
124. The representative of New Zealand said that her country had made a determination at the national level that "New Zealand" was a geographical indication in the context of wines and spirits and with respect to a number of other geographic indications for areas within New Zealand that made up the entire territory. However, when the EC were asked, in the context of bilateral negotiations for a wine agreement, to recognize "New Zealand" as a geographic indication, they had refused it. She said that, if Kenya had received assurances from the EC that its country name would be respected as a geographical indication, she would also ask the EC to give the same assurances to New Zealand.