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Tension in the Pacific, and Fighting Terrorism


Speeches: Tension in the Pacific, and Fighting Terrorism

Disarmament minister and Minister in charge of aid, Matt Robson will give the key note address at an international seminar hosted by the Red Cross: Tension and Conflicts in the Pacific.

The seminar lasts for three days from Thursday 27 September to Saturday 29 September.

Speakers from New Zealand and abroad will discuss global and regional safety, the changing face on conflict, and international humanitarian law.

"The theme – Tension in the Pacific and Challenges to Security – could not be more timely, given recent world events," says Matt Robson.

"During the worst moments in history – and certainly September 11 was one of those - basic humanitarian standards still apply and must be observed by all parties in a conflict.

"This is relevant in our own region too. Recent years have shown that we can no longer cling to the illusion that the Pacific is a region of peace."

DATE: 27 September 2001

TIME: 9.15am

VENUE: Crown Plaza, 128 Albert St, Auckland (Contact: Andrew Macalister: 025 6228135)

Matt Robson will also continue his 'Disarmament tour' of university campuses
where he will deliver his speech, The Fight Against Terrorism.

DATE: 27 September 2001

TIME: Mid-day

VENUE: Old Choral Hall, Lecture Theatre 1, Auckland Uuniversity, Cnr Symonds St and Alfred Sts.



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