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PM Should Tell NZ About US Approach

16 September 2001

National calls on the Prime Minister to advise whether New Zealand has been approached by the United States Government regarding its support of any action against last week's terrorist attack, National's Acting Leader Bill English said.

"The Prime Minister's public comments emphasising the role of the United Nations Council leave the Government's position in doubt.

"The Prime Minister should also explain what instructions she has given Foreign Minister Phil Goff on his trip around NATO capitals. "In the Gulf war, another US initiated action, New Zealand was approached to join in a 'coalition of the willing'. The Prime Minister should advise whether this has occurred, and if so, what her response was," Mr English said.

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