Parliament

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

 

Goff Talks To EU And NATO Chiefs

In a series of high powered meetings, Foreign Minister Phil Goff met in Brussels today with Belgian Foreign Minister, Louis Michel, representing the European Union Presidency, EU External Relations Commissioner Chris Patten, Foreign and Security Policy Chief Javier Solana, and NATO Secretary General Lord Robertson. Top of the agenda in all cases was last week's terrorist attacks in the United States.

"New Zealand joined with the EU in expressing sympathy for and solidarity with the United States in face of the terrorist attack which may have claimed over 6000 lives" said Mr Goff.

"This tragedy creates the need and opportunity to maximise international cooperation to defeat terrorism. We discussed ways in which the flow of information on potential terrorist activities could be improved, and security measures and extradition procedures enhanced. We agreed that terrorism had to be tackled across a broad front.

"NATO has, for the first time in its history, agreed that Article V of its Treaty may be invoked by the US. This deems that an attack on one NATO member is considered an attack on all.

"Although no decisions have been taken on the nature of any retaliatory measures, not least because of the need to identify specific targets, Article V effectively puts NATO into stand-by mode", said Mr Goff.

"Lord Robertson noted that the response to the terrorist attack needed to be targeted, measured and effective.

"The goal must be to eliminate training grounds for terrorists, to restrict as much as possible their ability to move around the world, to identify them quickly wherever and whenever they emerge. This requires enhanced intelligence sharing, tighter border control, much closer cooperation at all levels between states and the beefing up of international measures such as extradition and anti-terrorism conventions.



"Of immediate concern, however, is the need to bring to justice those responsible for the murderous attacks in New York and Washington. That involves those who shelter or in any way help, finance or direct the terrorists who perpetrated this outrage."

In a packed day, Mr Goff also had talks with Environment Commissioner Margot Wallstrom and had a working dinner with members of the European Parliament.

Ends


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Sir Michael Cullen’s Tax Reform

To ordinary wage and salary earners who (a) watch a slice of their gross income being taxed every week via PAYE and who also (b) pay GST on every single thing they buy, there has been something quite surreal about the centre-right’s angry and anguished reactions to the Tax Working Group’s final report... More>>

 
 

89 Cents An Hour: Govt Plans Fix For Minimum Wage For People With Disabilities

IHC is delighted that the Government is looking into replacing the Minimum Wage Exemption (MWE) with a wage supplement to ensure people with disabilities are paid at least the minimum wage. More>>

ALSO:

Te Waihanga: New Independent Commission To Tackle Infrastructure Issues

The New Zealand Infrastructure Commission – Te Waihanga – will be established as an Autonomous Crown Entity to carry out two broad functions – strategy and planning and procurement and delivery support. More>>

ALSO:

Auckland Action Against Poverty: Motels Profit From Housing Crisis

A single motel which charges up to $1,500 per week per room has received over $3 million worth of Government funds to provide emergency assistance, despite never having a Code Compliance Certificate – an offence under the Building Act – and receiving a series of longstanding complaints from occupants... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Alleged China Relations Crisis

If New Zealand’s relations with China are ‘deteriorating’ then you still need a microscope to detect the signs... More>>

ALSO:

Environment: Government To End Tenure Review

“Tenure review has resulted in parcels of land being added to the conservation estate, but it has also resulted in more intensive farming and subdivision on the 353,000 ha of land which has been freeholded. This contributed to major landscape change and loss of habitat for native plants and animals,” said Eugenie Sage. More>>

ALSO:

Bell Tolls: Big Changes, Grand Mergers Planned For Vocational Training

“At a time when we’re facing critical skill shortages, too many of our polytechnics and institutes of technology are going broke... More>>

ALSO:

Sallies' State Of The Nation: Progress Stalled In Reducing Inequality

The report shows a lack of tangible progress in key areas including record levels of household debt and a growing gap in educational achievement between poorer and more well off communities. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels