Latest News:  
Beijing   Sunny    2 / -10   City Forecast

People's Daily Online>>World

Former UN Security Council chief warns against cuts in New Zealand diplomacy

(Xinhua)

09:56, January 11, 2012

WELLINGTON, Jan. 11 (Xinhua) -- Planned cuts to New Zealand's diplomatic corps will jeopardize the country's bid for a seat on the United Nations Security Council, a former senior New Zealand diplomat warned Wednesday.

The call is the latest in a series of warnings against the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) plan to cut a fifth of its current staff about 200 jobs and close some overseas posts soon after March.

Terrence O'Brien, a former president of the Security Council, told Radio New Zealand that reducing the country's diplomatic spread would lessen its ability to lobby other nations to support the government's plan to seek a place on the Security Council in 2015-2016 at elections in 2014.

"This is a relentless, unending series of approaches to other governments over a period of three years leading up to the election," O'Brien told Radio New Zealand.

"If we're reducing diplomatic spread in the world because of these changes, then we're putting at risk our ability to do that."

O'Brien also said the cuts would reduce the ministry's professionalism, while similar-sized countries, such as Norway and Singapore, were enlarging their international efforts.

On Monday, both the main opposition Labour Party and the opposition New Zealand First party described the cuts as a "slash and burn" exercise that would harm New Zealand trade prospects and its international reputation.

【1】 【2】

Email|Print|Comments(Editor:王莉莉)

Leave your comment0 comments

  1. Name

  

Selections for you


  1. Microsoft CEO gives keynote speech at CES in Las Vegas

  2. Kelantan FA beats Lions XII 2-1 at Malaysia Super League

  3. Matchmaker lines up right catch for seniors

  4. Miniature creations exhibited in Hong Kong

Most Popular

Opinions

  1. S.Korea, China can pull up from their nosedive
  2. Helping Iran weather a looming storm
  3. Give up copying US standards without question
  4. How to make 3 billion trips in 40 days
  5. Greater say needed on yuan's convertibility
  6. Much ado about new stamps and dragons
  7. China takes frank, open stand on Myanmar issue

What's happening in China

Volunteers ease burden of train travel

  1. Overseas Chinese look for love at home
  2. Woman with 70 pets defies police
  3. Thick smog shrouds skies over capital
  4. Matchmaker lines up right catch for seniors
  5. Taxi driver killed as China police open fire

PD Online Data

  1. Yangge in Shaanxi
  2. Gaoqiao in Northern China
  3. The drum dance in Ansai
  4. Shehuo in Baoji City
  5. The dragon dance