Experience crucial on security council

WELLINGTON – A former New Zealand Foreign Minister says his country’s strong history with the UN stands it in good stead for a role on the Security Council.

New Zealand is vying with Spain and Turkey for one of two seats on the council for countries in the Western Europe and Others Group for 2015-16.

Former Foreign Affairs minister Winston Peters believes all the parties in New Zealand support the move, which he says will bring an independent voice to the Security Council.

The current Foreign Minister Murray McCully says the Security Council campaign is New Zealand’s number one foreign policy objective this year. New Zealand last had a seat on the Security Council in 1993, but began its latest bid to return in 2004.

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