27 May 2005

New Zealand urges UN to back regional solutions to conflict

4:31 pm on 27 May 2005

New Zealand's Foreign Minister, Phil Goff, has urged the United Nations to spend more money on regional support to end conflicts.

Mr Goff told the UN Security Council in New York a proposed peacebuilding commission could oversee new types of conflict intervention.

He says these would include sending military, police, justice and civilian advisors, along with aid and support for non-governmental institutions and human rights groups.

"Regional approaches can be very important, as interventions in Bougainville and the Solomon Islands have shown. But adequate funding for regional missions is no less important than is the case with international missions."

Mr Goff says the idea of a peacebuilding commission would help ensure conflicts don't break out again once intervention forces leave.