10 May 2004

New Zealand hosts regional anti-terrorism conference

3:39 pm on 10 May 2004

A regional anti-terrorism conference will be held in New Zealand over the next two days.

Senior policy makers from Pacific Islands Forum countries and observers from regional partners and organisations have been invited to a two day meeting in Wellington to look at a wide range of issues including the UN conventions.

The Chair of the Roundtable Michael Powles says, the rules are complicated, and New Zealand will work with their Pacific colleagues.

"and has invited senior lawyers and law enforcement and customs people from throughout the Pacific Islands region so that they can discuss what they are each doing. They can consider what assistance might be available because they all need more resources in this kind of area and try and make it less complicated to comply with these many new obligations."

Michael Powles.

The New Zealand Prime Minister, Helen Clark will deliver a preview of the meeting tonight.