Minister for Disarmament and Arms Control and Associate Minister of Foreign Affairs Matt Robson is hosting a series of
meetings on university campuses around the country to discuss disarmament issues in the light of the recent terrorist
attacks in the United States.
"Quite a few years ago, New Zealand decided it needed a Minister to stand on the world stage and represent our
commitment to the total elimination of nuclear weapons everywhere. New Zealand is the only country in the world with a
Minister for Disarmament and Arms Control, says Matt Robson.
"One of the outcomes of last week's shocking terrorist attacks in the United States is that it may hasten the pursuit of
the total elimination of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons in the world.
"A terrorist group armed with a nuclear weapon is almost too horrifying to contemplate – but we must.
"The government's disarmament agenda takes on even greater urgency in light of last week."
DATE: Monday 24 September 2001
TIME: 12.00 noon
VENUE: Guru Lounge,
Student Union Building,
University of Waikato