New Zealand isn’t that important any more.
We screwed them over one too many times, and they’ve now built much more rewarding relationships.
Another excellent foreign policy win for John Key’s dream team.
Foreign Minister Murray McCully had hoped to meet with Nauru’s justice minister David Adeang to discuss suspended aid while in Port Moresby this week, but with only hours left Mr Adeang was playing hard to get.
Just before Mr McCully and Prime Minister John Key travelled to Port Moresby for the Pacific Islands Forum, New Zealand suspended about $1.2 million in aid to Nauru’s justice department after ongoing concern about the rule of law.
Prime Minister John Key said he had briefly spoken to Nauru’s President Baron Waqa but the aid funding did not come up.
Mr McCully said he had hoped to meet with Mr Adeang in Port Moresby and had sent messages and a text but with just a few hours left his overtures had been ignored. He was still hopeful of a last minute talk before leaving.
“I’m prioritising the opportunity to meet. Whether he wants to prioritise it is a matter for him. I think its well known he has strong views about this topic but I’ve tried to convey New Zealand’s position in a careful and moderate manner.”
He said the justice funding would remain on hold until the situation in Nauru improved.
“I’m sad to say that the steps taken not just in respect to Roland Kun but in relation to other matters, have not helped the international reputation of Nauru.”