Scoop has an Ethical Paywall
Work smarter with a Pro licence Learn More
Parliament

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

 

Goff to attend historic Bougainville peace signing


Hon Phil Goff
Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Media Statement

29th August 2001

Goff to attend historic Bougainville peace signing


New Zealand Foreign Minister Phil Goff leaves today to witness tomorrow's historic signing of the Comprehensive Settlement for Bougainville on Arawa in Bougainville.

Mr Goff will lead a delegation including Georgina te Heuheu representing the Opposition, representatives of the Defence forces, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, NGOs and other individual New Zealanders who have made significant contributions to the peace process in Bougainville.

The Comprehensive Settlement includes an agreement covering autonomy arrangements, a referendum on independence within 10 to 15 years following the installation of an autonomous Bougainville government and a phased implementation of a weapons disposal plan.

"The Bougainville Peace Agreement is very much a creation of both sides. However special mention must be made of the efforts of the Papua New Guinea Minister of Bougainville Affairs, Moi Avei.

"Despite setbacks from time to time, the Minister pressured both the Bougainvillean leadership and his Cabinet colleagues in Port Moresby to keep negotiating and not to let the prize slip from their grasp when it was so close.

"New Zealand is pleased to have played a part in the events leading up to tomorrows signing. New Zealand hosted talks between the parties to the conflict in Burnham in 1997 and at Lincoln in 1998.

Advertisement - scroll to continue reading

Are you getting our free newsletter?

Subscribe to Scoop’s 'The Catch Up' our free weekly newsletter sent to your inbox every Monday with stories from across our network.

"I pay tribute to the New Zealand Defence force which spearheaded the Truce Monitoring Group established following these talks.

"The Australian Government has played a key role and has provided the leadership for the Peace Monitoring Group (PMG) which replaced the Truce Monitoring Group. New Zealanders, Fijians and ni-Vanuatu have also made their contributions to the PMG.

"The signing of the Agreement is a time for a new beginning for Papua New Guinea and the people of Bougainville. There is a need for reconciliation and healing. There is also the need for commitment to a future based on justice, cooperation and the rebuilding of trust between peoples," said Mr Goff.

The Minister will also make a brief visit to East Timor as the constituent assembly elections begin there. He will meet with members of the New Zealand election observer team and New Zealand Defence force.

ENDS

Itinerary
(note all times listed are local – PNG and East Timor are 2 hours behind New Zealand)

Wednesday 29th August (Wellington/Port Moresby)
1000 Depart Wellington.
1650 Arrive Port Moresby

Thursday 30th August (Port Moresby/Bougainville/Port Moresby/Darwin)
0550 Depart for Bougainville
1000 Arrive at Arawa
1030-1230 Signing ceremony etc.
1600 Depart for Port Moresby
1930 Depart Port Moresby for Darwin
2400 Arrive Darwin

Friday 31st August (Darwin/East Timor/Darwin)
0800 Depart Darwin
0930 Arrive Suai
1200 Depart Suai
1230 Arrive Dili
1800 Depart Dili
PM Arrive Darwin then return to New Zealand over the weekend.


© Scoop Media

Advertisement - scroll to continue reading
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines



Gordon Campbell: On The Newshub/Smokefree Twin Fiascos


Here’s a tale of two sunset industries. One has a track record of quality investigative reporting, and sound reportage of the 24/7 news cycle. The other sunset industry peddles a deadly substance that kills and injures tens of thousands of New Zealanders every year, while imposing significant annual costs on the public health system.

Which industry is this government rushing to assist..?
More


 
 


ACT: New Zealand Dodges Dopey Experiment In Prohibition

“Labour’s attempted crackdown on smokers would have delivered criminal groups a near-monopoly over the cigarette trade,” says ACT Health spokesman Todd Stephenson... More


Government: Backs Police To Crackdown On Gangs
The coalition Government is restoring law and order by providing police new tools to crack down on criminal gangs, says Justice Minister Paul Goldsmith and Police Minister Mark Mitchell. “Over the last five years gangs have recruited more than 3000 members, a 51 per cent increase... More


Government: Humanitarian Support For Gaza & West Bank

Winston Peters has announced NZ is providing a further $5M to respond to the extreme humanitarian need in Gaza and the West Bank. “The impact of the Israel-Hamas conflict on civilians is absolutely appalling," he said... More


Government: New High Court Judge Appointed

Judith Collins has announced the appointment of Wellington Barrister Jason Scott McHerron as a High Court Judge. Justice McHerron graduated from the University of Otago with a BA in English Literature in 1994 and an LLB in 1996... More

 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels


 
 
 
 

Join Our Free Newsletter

Subscribe to Scoop’s 'The Catch Up' our free weekly newsletter sent to your inbox every Monday with stories from across our network.