Distress At Murder Of Samoan Cabinet Minister
Hon Simon Upton
Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade
18 July 1999
Acting Foreign Minister Simon Upton said
today that he was distressed to
hear of the murder of Western Samoa's Minister of Public Works, Luagalau
"The death means that New
Zealand has lost a great friend. The death, in
such tragic circumstances, is a matter of great loss to Samoa.
"Leva had a wide network of friends in New Zealand
and most recently
escorted the Governor General throughout the period of his recent visit to
"New Zealand conveys its deepest sympathy to
the Samoan government and Mr
Leva's family for this sudden loss."