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

 


Loss of five UN peacekeepers in Timor Leste

Loss of five UN peacekeepers in Timor Leste timely reminder to us all

Minister of Defence Mark Burton is saddened at the news of yesterday’s drowning accident in Timor Leste, which claimed the lives of five United Nations peacekeepers from the Republic of Korea.

“On behalf of the Government and people of New Zealand, I would like to offer my condolences to the families, loved ones, and fellow soldiers of these five brave men.

“This incident reminds us all that UN peacekeepers place themselves in situations which are often dangerous, sometimes with tragic outcomes. It also reminds us of the selfless nature of those who are willing to risk the ultimate sacrifice for the good of others.

“New Zealand, too, lost five of our soldiers in the Timor Leste peacekeeping mission. We are all too aware of the sadness such an accident brings.”

Mark Burton said he had spoken to the Korean Ambassador, and expressed his sympathies on behalf of New Zealand. He has also written to the Minister of Defence in South Korea.

The accident occurred when a vehicle carrying two Korean peacekeepers got stuck crossing a swift-moving river. When three other Korean soldiers from another vehicle tried to assist them, all five were swept away by the strong current.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Wellington: Predator Free Capital Plan

Wellington City Council (WCC), the Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) and NEXT Foundation, today announced a joint collaboration to make Wellington the first Predator Free capital city in the world. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Judith Collins’ Efforts At Self Correction

Thousands of prisoners currently in prison may be entitled to an earlier release than expected – and compensation – because Corrections has incorrectly calculated their term of imprisonment. Unless of course, the government buries its mistakes by changing the law and retro-actively getting itself off the hook… More>>

ALSO:

More Justice & Corrections

Sector Opposes Bill: Local Government Bill Timeframe Extended

The Minister of Local Government Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga has asked the Select Committee to extend the report back date for the Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill (No 2). More>>

ALSO:

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>>

ALSO:

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>>

ALSO:

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>>

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news