Prime Minister John Key: Every country should play part in fighting Isis

April 24, 2015 11:36 am
Every country should play a part in confronting the threat of Islamic
State (Isil), Prime Minister said at a peace conference in
Istanbul today.
He also used the speech to reinforce New
Zealand’s effort to get the UN Security Council to play a leadership
role in the Israel-Palestine peace process before it is too late.
After
speaking about the bonds between , Australia and Turkey
forged through Gallipoli, Mr Key moved on to modern conflicts.
Isil had brought the region into chaos, drawing much of its strength from the conflict in Syria, and it reveled atrocities.

Prime Minister John Key. Photo / Mark Mitchell
“Because
the threat that Isil represents does not respect borders, all nations,
whether they are in the heart of the turmoil, or thousands of miles
away, have a role to play in confronting the threat presented by Isil
and other violent extremist groups.

“This is as true for New Zealand as it is for all countries here today.”
While
New Zealand’s contributions were modest compared to others – 143 troops
to help train Iraqis – the collective efforts of the international
community were bearing fruit and ISIL’s successes were waning.
While
he talked about the strains on Turkey of refugees from Syria and Iraq,
he ruled out New Zealand expanding its 750 annual quota.
Mr Key
called for countries to become more inclusive, multi-cultural and
multi-religious, to avoid the conditions in which extremists thrived.
He also said the Middle East peace process was important to the security and stability in the region.
New Zealand stood ready at the Security Council to advance negotiations for a lasting peace.
New
Zealand made a cutting speech to the Security Council on Tuesday about
its lack of action in protecting civilians in Libya and Syria and it’s
lack of leadership in the Israel-Palestine peace process.
“We’ll
be told ‘it’s not the right time,” said Ambassador Jim McClay “but it’s
always ‘not the right time.’ There will never be a perfect time.”
While
he talked about the strains on Turkey of refugees from Syria and Iraq,
he ruled out New Zealand expanding its 750 annual quota.
Former Prime Minister Helen Clark was at the conference and will join the New Zealand party at Gallipoli commemorations today.
When
asked by Newstalk ZB if she had anything to say about the ponytail saga
that has dogged Mr Key this week, she said “I think we’ll pass on that
one.”
Mr Key made further comments to reporters about the
complaint by a waitress at his local café that he repeatedly pulled her
hair, and he reiterated his regret.
“It has always been one of
strengths that I’m casual and laid back and good for a laugh but that’s
also led to a situation where I’m too casual… I think in hindsight and
on reflection I shouldn’t have been as casual as that. I should have
read the situation more accurately.”

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