Death of Private Manning
Alliance leader and Deputy Prime Minister Jim Anderton has
paid tribute to the New Zealand soldier who lost his life in
East Timor yesterday.
"When East Timorese resistance
leader Xanana Gusmao was here two weeks ago he asked
particularly to meet the troops who had held the most
dangerous area in East Timor, the western border. He paid
tribute to them. In a moving speech he remembered the two
soldiers who had died in vehicle accidents and their
families. Yesterday he contacted our government again, in
sadness over another casualty.
"Private Manning is the
first New Zealand soldier to die in action in nearly thirty
"He has paid a terrible price in the service of
peace and security, in the service of freedom and in the
service of the people of East Timor.
"Today as a nation we
honour him. Our thoughts are with his family and his
comrades in arms."
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