28 Feb 2003

New Zealand to help Pacific draft terrorism laws

11:19 am on 28 February 2003

New Zealand says it will help Pacific Island Forum countries draft laws to fight terrorism.

The foreign minister, Phil Goff, says legal drafters will be made available.

This comes as a regional conference is being held in Suva which has heard that South Pacific countries lack legislation to tackle threats posed by terrorism and transnational organised crime.

The Australian high commissioner to Fiji, Susan Boyd, told the meeting that legislation to fight terrorism is lacking, pointing out that no region is safe because these activities are interconnected throughout the world.