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Bipartisan support for NZ's UN Security Council bid

Bipartisan support for NZ's UN Security Council bid

Updated 12 August 2014, 12:18 AEST

New Zealand's former Foreign Minister Winston Peters has backed the current government's push for a spot on the United Nations Security Council.

The country is vying with Spain and Turkey for one of two seats on the council for countries in the Western Europe and Others Group for 2015-16.

The current Foreign Minister Murray McCully says the Security Council campaign is New Zealand's number one foreign policy objective this year.

He recently won the endorsement of leaders at the Pacific Island Forum in Palau earlier this month.

Winston Peters was the Foreign Minister between 2005 and 2008 and now leads the New Zealand First Party.

He supports the government's diplomatic push and says New Zealand will bring an independent voice to the Security Council.

Interviewer: Liam Fox

Speaker: Winston Peters, leader New Zealand First Party

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