|Clark helps celebrate birth of a nation
NZ Herald Wednesday
May 22, 2002
18.05.2002 By AUDREY YOUNG [Abridged]
The Prime Minister will leave the Labour Party
early today to lead a New Zealand delegation, including the parents of
slain NZ soldier Private Leonard Manning, to East
Timor's independence ceremony tomorrow.
At midnight tomorrow, watched by thousands of
and visitors, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan will
administration to a democratically elected Government headed by former
guerrilla leader and President-elect Xanana Gusmao.
Helen Clark paid tribute to Mr Gusmao, describing
as "Timor's Mandela in terms of the ability to forgive and move
Also attending will be Foreign Minister Phil Goff
his associate Matt Robson.
New Zealand has pledged $10 million in aid over
years, on top of $9 million in the past three years and $39 million
on defence force deployment since 1999.
Former diplomat and foreign affairs commentator
O'Brien said New Zealand and
should take a bow for their role in the "nation-building" process.
The same Pakeha governments
also deliberately prevented indigenous
in New Zealand and Australia from achieving the status that East
has now acquired.
In a region (Asia-Pacific)
is overwhelmingly non-White, political discrimination against Aborigine
and Maori by an alien Pakeha enclave (Australia-NZ) is anomalous and
Other Indigenous neighbours have their homelands, enjoy political and
independence and are able to participate in the life of Aotearoa NZ as
well. Meanwhile, Aborigine and Maori languish in a twilight zone of
of their right to self determination and restitution of their
lands, waters and other resources.
The process of resolving that situation
is long overdue. Time is running out.
For further revelations
about the colonial games that Pakeha governments in Australia-NZ play with Indigenous Pacific nations, read this article.