INTERNATIONAL BRIEFS

INTERNATIONAL BRIEFS

DUNKEL URGES ACTION

AT GATT TRADE TALKSArthur Dunkel, GATT director-general, warned that time was running out for Uruguay Trade Round and said negotiators have only three months left to break the deadlock in farm products and textiles talks.

''It is difficult to see . . . any points of real convergence. The convergence has to be achieved in July," he told a press conference Wednesday following a two-day meeting of officials from 96 countries directly involved in the round.

FRENCH ARMS MAKER

SEES MARKETS IN EAST

PARIS - Eastern Europe's newly independent nations, facing greater defense responsibilities, will likely start shopping in the world arms market, the head of France's restructured ordnance company, Groupement Industriel des Armements Terrestres, or Giat, predicted.

"It is obvious that all these countries need armies if they want their independence and they want to protect their borders," said Pierre Chiquet, chairman and chief executive of state-owned Giat, on Tuesday.

FRENCH MINISTER SAYS

JAPAN DIVIDING EC

PARIS - Edith Cresson, French European affairs minister, denounced what she called a Japanese "strategy" aimed at pitting European Community countries against one another to "divide them" on industrial and commercial matters.

Ms. Cresson told the French parliament Tuesday night that the strategy was carried on by "large and heavily structured" groups with the help of Japan's minister of international trade and industry.