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New Zealand and the ANZUS alliance



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ALEXANDER DOWNER MEMBER FOR MAYO SHADOW MINISTER FOR DEFENCE

NEW ZEALAND AND THE'ANZUS ALLIANCE

The Federal Opposition has welcomed the speech made yesterday by the New Zealand Defence Minister, Mr Warren Cooper, expressing the desire of the New Zealand Government to return to full participation in the ANZUS alliance.

Speaking in Adelaide today, Shadow Minister for Defence Alexander Downer warned, however, that a Coalition Government would not welcome New Zealand's full return to ANZUS without being able to fulfil totally treaty obligations including

allowing for visits to New Zealand by United States naval vessels.

"Understandably, the New Zealand Government hopes that a compromise can be found which would allow the New Zealand anti-nuclear legislation to remain on the statute books yet for New Zealand to participate fully in ANZUS..

"That is not an option a Coalition Government would welcome.

"Membership of the ANZUS alliance obviously brings with it a range of privileges such as access to intelligence and participation in joint exercises with the United States but it also brings responsibilities, burden-sharing and commitment. Under that heading comes the willingness to allow ANZUS vessels to visit each other's ports.

"If New Zealand was able to obtain all the benefits of ANZUS yet deny American naval ships access to its ports, then the integrity of the treaty itself would be undermined and that is something Australia would naturally wish to avoid".

Mr Downer said he hoped that in time the New Zealand

Government would feel it appropriate to repeal its

anachronistic, and as it has turned out, short-sighted antiĀ­ nuclear legislation because the Coalition wanted to embrace New Zealand wholeheartedly within the ANZUS alliance.

Ends. 9 June 1992

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