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BAE's largest shareholder opposes EADS deal

LONDON, Oct 8 (Reuters) - The largest shareholder in BAE

issued a long list of objections to the group'sproposed $45 billion merger with EADS on Monday,including concerns over state interference, poor terms and alack of stategic rationale.

Invesco Perpetual said the deal would also have a negativeimpact on the British firm's position in the United States,where it has access to sensitive defence work.

"Invesco has, on and off, owned shares in BAE for overtwenty years," it said in a statement.

"Invesco believes BAE is a strong business with distinctivepositions in the global defence market, especially in the U.S.and UK, and good stand-alone prospects. We look forward todiscussions with the board of BAE and other BAE shareholders inthe coming days."

It said it owned 13.3 percent of BAE's ordinary sharecapital.

(Reporting by Kate Holton; editing by Paul Sandle)

((kate.holton@thomsonreuters.com; 0044 207 542 8560;))

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