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

 


Goff welcomes Bougainville weapons progress

Goff welcomes Bougainville weapons progress

Foreign Minister Phil Goff today welcomed news that the United Nations has verified completion of Stage 2 of the Bougainville weapons disposal plan.

The announcement by UN Representative Noel Sinclair confirms that most weapons registered under the plan have now been contained in double-locked containers under his supervision.

"Mr Sinclair's statement is a significant milestone in the Bougainville Peace Agreement, as it triggers provisions for finalising a constitution and for preparing the election of an autonomous government," Mr Goff said.

“With Stage 2 completed, I now urge the former combatants to reach agreement without delay on Stage 3, the final fate of the weapons, so the UN can declare that conditions exist for the holding of free and fair elections.

"All the people of Bougainville can be pleased with the progress they have made to date. Their determination and commitment has brought the island within sight of a successful end to the peace process. It is important that the final few steps are now taken as quickly as possible.

"New Zealand can be equally proud to have been involved, along with our regional partners, from the beginning of the peace process. Much, however, remains to be done to address Bougainville's over-riding priorities of economic and social development.

"New Zealand, through NZAID, will continue to offer assistance by supporting projects aimed at community development, law and justice, and building the structures necessary for autonomous government," Mr Goff said.

A small number of New Zealanders are part of the Bougainville Transition Team (BTT), an unarmed civilian group that replaced the Peace Monitoring Group in June. It provides support for Mr Sinclair and will help with Bougainville’s transition to autonomous government.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Ruataniwha: DOC, Hawke's Bay Council Developer Take Supreme Court Appeal

The Department of Conservation and Hawke's Bay Regional Investment Company (HBRIC) are appealing to the Supreme Court over a conservation land swap which the Court of Appeal halted. More>>

ALSO:

With NZ's Marama Davidson: Women’s Flotilla Leaves Sicily – Heading For Gaza

Women representing 13 countries spanning five continents began their journey yesterday on Zaytouna-Oliva to the shores of Gaza, which has been under blockade since 2007. On board are a Nobel Peace Laureate, three parliamentarians, a decorated US diplomat, journalists, an Olympic athlete, and a physician. A list of the women with their background can be found here. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Key Style Of Crisis Management

At Monday’s post Cabinet press conference Key was in his finest wide- eyed “Problem? What problem?” mode. No, there wasn’t really a problem that top MPI officials had been at odds with each other over the meaning of the fisheries policy and how that policy should be pursued... More>>

ALSO:

Mt Roskill: Greens Will Not Stand In Likely Post-Goff By-Election

“The Green Party’s priority is changing the Government in 2017, and as part of that we’ve decided that we won’t stand a candidate in the probable Mt Roskill by-election... This decision shows the Memorandum of Understanding between Labour and the Green Party is working." More>>

ALSO:

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:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news