31 Oct 2008

Conflict resolution role in foreign affairs - Labour

8:06 pm on 31 October 2008

A Labour Government would develop a list of New Zealanders who could act as envoys for resolving conflicts, as part of its foreign affairs policy.

Labour MP Phil Goff said while New Zealand does an excellent job in peacekeeping through defence and police personnel, there is a role for people to work alongside local groups to help resolve the causes of conflict.

Mr Goff said a list of people who have the right skills and mana to act as personal envoys would be put forward to the United Nations Secretary-General.

He said work would be done with the academic community and non-government organisations in New Zealand to build the capacity of the envoys in training and analysis.