Parliament

Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 

Goff Welcomes Korean Dialogue


Hon Phil Goff
Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Media Statement
25 June 2000

GOFF WELCOMES KOREAN DIALOGUE


“The Korean war commemorations in Seoul have given the international community the opportunity to demonstrate their support for continued peace and cooperation between North and South Korea,” Foreign Minister Phil Goff said today from Seoul.

“Last week’s first ever summit between the leaders of South and North Korea provided a backdrop of hope for today’s commemorations,” Mr Goff said.

“The mood today is one of conciliation.

“The best way in which we can pay tribute to those who fought in the war is by taking every effort to ensure that it never happens again."

New Zealand was one of 16 countries that assisted South Korea by providing combat forces in the 1950-53 conflict. 6000 Kiwi troops served in Korea and 43 were killed.

Mr Goff will stay on in Seoul following the commemoration ceremonies to meet with key Korean counterparts.

“This is an excellent opportunity time to discuss outcomes from the summit and the way forward in inter-Korean relations. New Zealand shares a warm relationship with South Korea, stemming originally from our role in Korean conflict.

“I will be affirming New Zealand’s support for President Kim Dae-jung’s policy of engagement with North Korea.

“Korea is now New Zealand’s 5th largest export destination and there are excellent market prospects for services such as education

Mr Goff concluded that New Zealand's contacts with Korea are increasingly broad, extending over a range of fields including fisheries, people-to-people exchanges and science cooperation.

ENDS



© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

SCOOP COVERAGE: CHRISTCHURCH MOSQUES TERROR ATTACK


Detail Released: Firearms Buy-Back Scheme "Strikes Fair Balance"

Licensed firearms owners will get fair compensation for weapons handed in during the six-month buy-back and amnesty, Finance Minister Grant Robertson and Police Minister Stuart Nash announced today.

The fund available for the buy-back and amnesty has also increased by $40 million through a contribution from ACC. The total set aside for the scheme is now over $200 million. More>>

 

"Population Density": Stats NZ, Phone Companies To Track People's Movements

Stats NZ is partnering with cellphone companies to launch a new way of tracking people's movements every hour. More>>

ALSO:

QS University Rankings: NZ Ranks Well "Despite Resourcing Constraints"

New Zealand universities continue to do well in international rankings, with the release of the 2020 QS world rankings showing that all eight universities remain in the world’s top 500. More>>

ALSO:

Mosque Attacks: 21 Month Prison Sentence For Sharing Live Stream Video

A Christchurch man who admitted redistributing the livestream video of the mosque killings has been sentenced to 21 months in prison. More>>

ALSO:

Operation Burnham Inquiry: Afghan Villagers Pull Out

The Afghan villagers involved with the inquiry into Operation Burnham say they have lost faith in the process and will no longer take part. More>>

ALSO:

Child 'Uplifts': Children’s Commissioner To Conduct Review

“At the time of the attempted uplift from Hawke’s Bay Maternity Hospital at the beginning of May, our Office shared our views on the critical importance of the mother-child relationship, and the fact that this relationship is denied to too many Māori children”, says the Children’s Commissioner, Judge Andrew Becroft. More>>

ALSO:

Fluro Logo, Definitely Not Racism, Activist Judges: Act Has Conference

“Finally, New Zealanders will have the right to challenge bad laws in court. If the courts find that a law hasn’t been made in accordance with the basic principles of good lawmaking, it can be declared invalid." More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels