Insults won't help get UN seat - Goff
Thu, 23 Aug 2012 11:40a.m.
New Zealand's chances of gaining a seat on the UN Security Council have been damaged by "gratuitous insults" to Finland and Hungary handed out by Government ministers, Labour says.
Prime Minister John Key made disparaging remarks about Hungary's troops in Afghanistan - saying they didn't go out on patrols at night - and senior minister Gerry Brownlee mocked Finland's achievements in parliament.
Labour's foreign affairs spokesman, Phil Goff, says their remarks engendered enormous resentment.
"Mr Key's comments were described by Hungary's ambassador to Kabul as `ill-advised, ill-informed and malicious'," he said on Thursday.
"These kind of offensive comments made about any country are unnecessary and long remembered."
New Zealand is seeking one of the rotating non-permanent seats on the Security Council.
"It puts us at the heart of international decision-making, it allows us to enhance our reputation and gives us the ability to influence international affairs for years to come," Mr Goff said.
"It hardly helps to have the prime minister and Gerry Brownlee dishing out gratuitous insults to other countries... we should instead be persuading those European countries of the strength of our friendship and our common values."
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24/08/2012 6:06:08 p.m.
Key and Brownlee need to realize that publicly abusing other countries is absolutely not on! It is NOT the Kiwi way.What the hell has finland or Hungary ever done to us?They won't apologise. They think they're above it.
24/08/2012 1:16:43 a.m.
What common values? European countries have strong environmental laws regulating what companies do, they have established ambitious targets for reducing carbon emissions and are actually working to meet those targets. NZ on the other continues to trade on a 'clean and green 'image' while at the same time polluting 90 per cent of our waterways, and sets extremely unambitious targets for lowering carbon emissions and then failing to meet even those. Putting aside this Government's humiliating diplomatic blunders, NZ does not deserve a seat on the UN. Tackling environmental issues like climate change require global cooperation, and NZ is not doing its share.
23/08/2012 12:48:28 p.m.
John Key is just showing the world a little of what any intelligent NZer has already figured out here at home - that he is a joke who has nothing useful to say.
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