By PNA / Xinhua and U.S. News Agency / Asian
The New Zealand government was out lobbying for its bid for a seat on the United Nations Security Council at the opening of the 67th UN General Assembly Monday.
Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully said in a statement that he would be in New York for the General Assembly opening because it was the premier meeting of member states and an opportunity to project New Zealand’s voice on international issues that directly affected it and its Pacific neighbors.
“It is also an opportunity to seek support in our campaign for a seat on the UN Security Council and promote our credentials as an independent, fair-minded country committed to international peace and security,” he said.
McCully would hold meetings in New York with bilateral ministerial counterparts and regional organizations such as the Gulf Cooperation Council, the Organization of the Islamic Conference and the African Union.
New Zealand is seeking a seat on the UN Security Council for the 2015-2016 term.