McCully appoints High Commissioner to Tonga
Minister of Foreign
27 November 2012 Media
McCully appoints High Commissioner
Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully today
announced the appointment of career diplomat Mark Talbot as
High Commissioner to Tonga.
“Tonga is New Zealand’s
closest independent neighbour and we work closely on a
number of key matters, especially in relation to the Pacific
Islands Forum,” Mr McCully says.
“Mr Talbot’s trade
negotiations skills and experience supporting two successful
Pacific Islands Forums will prove invaluable.”
is currently Counsellor at the New Zealand High Commission
in Canberra. He has previously served at the New Zealand
mission to the European Union and as Private Secretary to
the United Kingdom Cabinet Secretary.
© Scoop Media
Jane Kelsey: "Shock Trade-Offs", No Deal At TPP Talks
A three-paragraph statement issued at the end of the ministerial summit was appropriately bland, given the complete void of any official information during the four-day meeting. Reading between the lines, it reveals four points about the current state of play.
First, ministers say they identified ‘potential landing zones’ for ‘the majority of key outstanding issues in the text’. Some of these decisions are hugely significant. New Zealand, Australia and Canada appear to have surrendered to an as-yet-undisclosed version of US-based demands on intellectual property that they have consistently deemed unacceptable.
Second, ministers were unable to reach even ‘potential’ outcomes for other key issues in the text...
Third, the US made no significant offers on market access for agriculture in Singapore. Japanese media reported a breakdown in the US-Japan talks on agriculture...
A final piece of hypocrisy in the statement is the promise to ‘further our consultation with stakeholders and engage in our respective political processes’. More>>