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


Paul East to observe Sri Lankan elections

Paul East to observe Sri Lankan elections

Former Cabinet Minister Paul East has been selected to take part in a Commonwealth mission to observe the up-coming general elections in Sri Lanka, Foreign Minister Phil Goff announced today.

Mr East, New Zealand's High Commissioner to London and Nigeria from 1999 to 2002, is one of eight members of the Observer Mission that will spend the next nine days in Sri Lanka. The mission was invited by Sri Lanka's Commissioner of Elections, and has the support of the country's main political parties.

The elections, to be held on April 2, were called after a major rift developed late last year between Sri Lanka's President and Prime Minister, who are from opposing political parties.

“Paul East joins a distinguished list of New Zealanders who have joined Commonwealth observer groups for elections in countries as far apart as Guyana, Zimbabwe, Cambodia and Pakistan,” Mr Goff said.

"New Zealand is a strong supporter of the Commonwealth’s monitoring work to ensure fair and free elections, and I am pleased that Mr East has been invited to participate in the Sri Lanka mission.

"With peace talks between the Sri Lankan government and the Tamil Tigers currently in limbo, the international community is anxious to see the elections pass smoothly so that political stability can be restored and the peace process resumed.

"The suspension of fighting has provided a significant peace dividend for all Sri Lankan people, and resulted in a major recovery in economic and social conditions. With goodwill on both sides there is a prospect for a peace agreement that will end a civil war which has cost 64,000 lives and hundreds of millions of dollars."

Mr Goff said New Zealand had attended an international donors' conference on Sri Lanka in Tokyo last June, where it pledged $1.5 million over the next three years to assist reconstruction efforts related to the peace process.

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Also, Loan Interest: Productivity Commission On Tertiary Education

Key recommendations include better quality control; making it easier for students to transfer between courses; abolishing University Entrance; enabling tertiary institutions to own and control their assets; making it easier for new providers to enter the system; and facilitating more and faster innovation by tertiary education providers... More>>


Higher Payments: Wellington Regional Council Becomes A Living Wage Employer

Councillor Sue Kedgley said she was delighted that the Wellington Regional Council unanimously adopted her motion to become a Living Wage employer, making it the first regional council in New Zealand to do so. More>>


Scoop Images:
Dame Patsy Reddy Sworn In As Governor-General

This morning Dame Patsy Reddy was sworn in as the New Zealand Realm’s 21st Governor-General. The ceremony began with a pōwhiri to welcome Dame Patsy and her husband Sir David Gascoigne to Parliament. More>>


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>>


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>>


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>>


Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news