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


Greens say Goff must put pressure on Indonesia

Greens say Goff must put pressure on Indonesia

Pressure must be put on the Indonesian government to deal with rogue military elements in West Timor after the killing of a New Zealand soldier on peace-keeping duty, Green MP Keith Locke said today.

"The tragic killing of Private Manning should provoke a strong political response," said Mr Locke, the Green's Foreign Affairs spokesperson.

"This week's meeting between Foreign Minister Phil Goff and Indonesian Foreign Minister Dr Alwi Shihab is the perfect opportunity to communicate New Zealand's stance."

"Dr Shihab must be told bluntly that cross-border operations by military elements in West Timor are not acceptable.

"Good relations between Indonesia and the world community depend on how seriously President Wahid deals with this major threat to peace and security to East Timor."

According to the UN High Commission on Refugees, militia gangs still run the large refugee camps in West Timor, and continue to be armed and trained by the Indonesian army.

"Up to 12,000 East Timorese still languish in refugee camps in West Timor, many of them prevented by militia threats from returning home.

"It's clear that many Indonesian military officers still want to punish East Timor for choosing independence.

"We must work closely with the UN to identify those officers directing this campaign and push for their removal.

Keith Locke MP: 04 470 6710 or 025 528 353 Gina Dempster, Press secretary: 04 470 6723 or 021 1265 289

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Breed Laws Don’t Work: Vets On New National Dog Control Plan

It is pleasing therefore to see Louise Upston Associate Minister for Local Government calling for a comprehensive solution... However, relying on breed specific laws to manage dog aggression will not work. More>>


Not Waiting On Select Committee: Green Party Releases Medically-Assisted Dying Policy

“Adults with a terminal illness should have the right to choose a medically assisted death,” Green Party health spokesperson Kevin Hague said. “The Green Party does not support extending assisted dying to people who aren't terminally ill because we can’t be confident that this won't further marginalise the lives of people with disabilities." More>>


General Election Review: Changes To Electoral Act Introduced

More effective systems in polling places and earlier counting of advanced votes are on their way through proposed changes to our electoral laws, Justice Minister Amy Adams says. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On Our Posturing At The UN

In New York, Key basically took an old May 2 Washington Post article written by Barack Obama, recycled it back to the Americans, and still scored headlines here at home… We’ve had a double serving of this kind of comfort food. More>>


Treaty Settlements: Bills Delayed As NZ First Pulls Support

Ngāruahine, Te Atiawa and Taranaki are reeling today as they learnt that the third and final readings of each Iwi’s Historical Treaty Settlement Bills scheduled for this Friday, have been put in jeopardy by the actions of NZ First. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The Damage De-Regulation Is Doing To Fisheries And Education, Plus Kate Tempest

Our faith in the benign workings of the market – and of the light-handed regulation that goes with it – has had a body count. Back in 1992, the free market friendly Health Safety and Employment Act gutted the labour inspectorate and turned forestry, mining and other workplace sites into death traps, long before the Pike River disaster. More>>

Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news