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Wednesday, September 12, 2007

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How could the communist president of Vietnam, know more about our Prime Minister's plans than we do?

Why is New Zealand promoting Marxist-Leninist ruled Vietnam for a seat on the UN security council?

Why is the media ignoring the security implications of closer NZ/Vietnam ties?

From the Dominion Post

Could the Vietnamese president have blown the cover off a long-harboured ambition by Helen Clark?

The prime minister has long been dogged by speculation that she has an eye on the top United Nations job - she was even named by Time magazine in 2006 as a potential candidate to take over as secretary-general from Kofi Annan, a role that eventually went to Korea's Ban Ki Moon.


Vietnamese President Nguyen Minh Triet, who is in New Zealand for a three-day trip, set the hares running again yesterday with a cryptic comment at a joint press conference with Miss Clark.

It came after Miss Clark confirmed that New Zealand would support Vietnam's bid next month for one of 10 contestable seats on the UN's 15-member Security Council.

Asked why it was doing so, Miss Clark said part of the reason was that in return, New Zealand could in the future hope to rely on votes from Vietnam for election to other international bodies - a practice known as "vote-swapping".

Mr Triet, through an interpreter, responded; "In return, Vietnam is also ready to support New Zealand in her candidature for other position of the United Nations."

Miss Clark quickly qualified that by saying that New Zealand was starting its "long-term campaign for re-election to the Security Council again".

Miss Clark's office suggested Mr Triet's comment related to general approaches New Zealand might make for UN roles in future. But that may not stop tongues wagging again.

4 Comments:

Anonymous Tane said...

As I understand it the position of sec-general rotates geographically, and Asia-Pacific's having its turn right now. As such, it's impossible for Helen Clark to become sec-general unless she hangs around another couple of decades, by which time she'd be into her seventies. Not likely.

9:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The problem is the Dominion Post's owner, Fairfax of Australia, doesn't give a fat rat's behind what editorial comment its papers have.

When papers were locally owned there was a restraint on left-leaning journos from right-leaning owners. Now the lefties have it their own way.

4:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Either Helen is very tall or the VC is very short. Never did trust short men.

Dirk.

6:26 PM  
Anonymous Tane said...

Ah, anon, do you actually read the Dom Post? Last time I checked it had a former National Party cabinet minister and Don Brash's former spin doctor working as columnists - not to mention Karl Du Fresne. And have you ever read one of their editorials?

This 'left-wing bias in the media' crap is getting tiring.

9:52 AM  

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