INDEPENDENT NEWS

Foreign Minister attends Armistice Day and Paris Peace Forum

Published: Sun 11 Nov 2018 12:09 PM
Foreign Minister attends Armistice Day and Paris Peace Forum
Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters will represent New Zealand at Armistice commemorations in France and attended the inaugural Paris Peace Forum later today.
The official ceremony for the commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the armistice ending World War I will be held at the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, attended by Heads of State and Government representatives of the countries that fought and supported the war effort.
“These commemorations, 100 years on, are an opportunity to join together in remembrance of the great sacrifice made in the first World War,” said Mr Peters.
“The conflict took a huge toll on our young nation. Three in every five New Zealanders who fought in this war sustained casualties. More than 18,000 service men and women lost their lives.”
“New Zealand emerged from this conflict with a fierce commitment to the cause of peace, and a determination to play our part in building the kind of world we wanted to live in,” he said.
As part of the centenary commemorations, French President Emmanuel Macron will convene an international forum to promote peace. Intended to be an annual event, the Paris Peace Forum will provide a platform for World Leaders to reflect on current global security challenges and foster international cooperation.
Peace Forum participants are encouraged to deposit a book to be included in a ‘Library of Peace. Minister Peters will contribute New Zealand and the First World War: 1914-1919 by Damien Fenton, which chronicles New Zealand’s experience of World War 1 and its impact on the formation of its national character.
ENDS

Next in New Zealand politics

Protesters at Ihumātao served eviction notices
By: RNZ
Law Commission recommends new law for dividing property
By: Law Commission
Shots fired to warn fleeing driver in Huntly not justified
By: Independent Police Conduct Authority
Gordon Campbell on Kiwis being the Aussies’ Pacific go-fers
By: Gordon Campbell
Trades Hall bombing case re-opened, evidence released
By: RNZ
Govt targets fewer deaths on the road
By: New Zealand Government
Teachers unions to take legal action against Novopay
By: RNZ
Law Commission Report of Property (Relationships) Act 1976
By: New Zealand Government
Greenpeace tower climbers unfurl first banner
By: Greenpeace New Zealand
Greenpeace climbers scaling Wellington’s tallest building
By: Greenpeace New Zealand
Greenpeace protest is ignorant grandstanding
By: PEPANZ
Police accepts IPCA findings
By: New Zealand Police
Officer accused of sexual assault and breach of privacy
By: Independent Police Conduct Authority
Police pursuit in Auckland that resulted in collision
By: Independent Police Conduct Authority
Speech: Ardern - Why does good government matter?
By: New Zealand Government
View as: DESKTOP | MOBILEWe're in BETA! Send Feedback © Scoop Media