Parliament

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

 

Goff To Make Historic Visit To Tibet


Hon Phil Goff
Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Media Statement

27 May 2001

GOFF TO MAKE HISTORIC VISIT TO TIBET


Phil Goff becomes the first New Zealand Foreign Minister to visit Tibet when he leaves for the region tomorrow.

The visit is at the invitation of the Chinese Foreign Minister, Mr Tang as a result of Mr Goff raising human rights concerns about Tibet.

Tibet has been the focus of human rights concerns about the right of the Tibetan people to manage their own affairs and to promote their language, culture and religion. Groups such as Amnesty International have also raised concerns about freedom of speech and prisoners of conscience.

"The visit is a chance to assess conditions in Tibet at first hand and to continue dialogue on human rights issues directly with authorities in Tibet. Both Amnesty International and Friends of Tibet have encouraged me to take up the invitation.

"I go there with an open mind and a readiness to give credit where positive changes are occurring but also to be critical on things that are inconsistent with international human rights standards.

"New Zealand enjoys a good relationship with China and the strength of links – political, trade and people-to-people between our two countries is growing.

"Within the context of that relationship however we have full and frank discussions about issues on which we disagree, including human rights.

"We welcome progress within China including its memorandum of understanding with the United Nations Human Rights Commission, its ratification of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and moves to implement the rule of law.

"A key goal of the visit to Tibet is to learn more about Tibet on the ground and to engage in dialogue with officials to encourage further progress in the area of human rights," Mr Goff said.

The Minister will also visit Hong Kong where he will meet Chief Executive Tung Chee-hwa and new Chief Secretary for Administration, Donald Tsang Yam Kuen. Mr Goff will discuss a variety of issues including the proposal for a Closer Economic Partnership agreement with Hong Kong.

ENDS

Goff visit to Tibet/Hong Kong May 28-June 4


Accommodation in Lhasa, Tibet: Himalaya Hotel, ph 008 891 633 1430
Accommodation details for Xigatze, Tibet yet to be confirmed.
Accommodation in Hong Kong: Renaissance Harbour View Hotel, ph 00852 2802 8888

Time Difference

New Zealand is four hours AHEAD of Tibet and Hong Kong.

Itinerary

Monday 28 May (Auckland/Melbourne/Singapore)

1520 Depart Auckland for Melbourne
1715 Arrive Melbourne
1800 Depart Melbourne for Singapore
2345 Arrive Singapore

Tuesday 29 May (Singapore/Chengdu/Lhasa)

0115 Depart Singapore for Beijing
0715 Arrive Beijing
0845 Depart Beijing for Chengdu, Tibet
1115 Arrive Chengdu
1215 Depart Chengdu for Lhasa
1430 Arrive Lhasa
PM Visit Jokhang Temple and environs.

Wednesday 30 May (Lhasa)

AM Official calls.
PM Potala Palace

Thursday 31 May (Lhasa)

AM Official calls.
PM Official calls and visit to Drepung Monastery

Friday 1 June (Lhasa/Xigatze)

Travel to Xigatze (approx 6 hours)
Official calls.
Monastery visit.

Saturday 2 June (Xigatze/Lhasa)

Travel to Lhasa
Visit ODA project en route

Sunday 3 June (Lhasa/Chengdu/Hong Kong)

0940 Depart Lhasa for Chengdu
1125 Arrive Chengdu
1410 Depart Chengdu for Hong Kong
1640 Arrive Hong Kong

Monday 4 June

1430 Call on Hon Rita Fan, President of the Legislative Council.
1530 Call on Hon Donald Tsang, Chief Secretary for Administration.
1630 Call on Tung Chee Hwa, Chief Executive.
1700 Call on CY Leung, Convenor of the Executive Council.
2025 Depart Hong Kong for Auckland.

Tuesday 5 June

1110 Arrive Auckland.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Supreme Court: Worksafe Decision On Whittall Pike River Prosecution Unlawful

The question in issue on the appeal was whether WorkSafe New Zealand acted to give effect to an unlawful agreement of this nature when it offered no evidence on charges against Peter William Whittall for breaches of the Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992...

The Supreme Court... has found that the decision to offer no evidence was made under an unlawful agreement to stifle prosecution. It has granted a declaration to that effect. More>>

 

Cullen To Chair: Tax Working Group Terms Of Reference Announced

Finance Minister Grant Robertson and Revenue Minister Stuart Nash today announced the Terms of Reference for the Tax Working Group and that the Group will be chaired by Sir Michael Cullen. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The New Pike River Agency (And The Air Strike Wing)

Much of the sympathy the public still feels for the families of the Pike River miners has been sustained by the sense that the previous government – let alone the mining company and the processes of receivership and litigation – has never dealt honestly, or fairly, with them. More>>

ALSO:

Not Going Swimmingly: Contractor Cut, New Dates For Christchurch Sports Centre

“As an incoming Minister, I have been conducting a thorough review of progress on the Anchor projects and to learn of a $75 million budget blowout on this project was very disappointing..." More>>

ALSO:

Tertiary: Allowances, Loan Living Costs To Get Boost

“From 1 January, student allowance base rates and the maximum amount students can borrow for living costs will rise by a net $50 a week,” says Education Minister Chris Hipkins... further adjusted from 1 April 2018 in line with any increase in the CPI. More>>

ALSO:

Foreign Affairs: Patrick Gower Interviews Jacinda Ardern

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says discussions have already begun on how to bring climate change refugees into New Zealand under a Pacific seasonal employment plan... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Centre Right’s Love Of ‘Nanny State’

You’d almost think it was 2005 again. That was a time when the rugged individualists of the centre-right were being beset by government regulations on the nature of light-bulbs, the size of shower heads, the junk food available at school tuck shops and other such essentials... More>>

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election