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Addressing the press following his meeting with the leaders of Pacific island nations today (7 Sept), United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon talked about "the concerns some leaders particularly in the French Polynesia" on their right self-determination. NEW ZEALAND MINISTRY FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND TRADE

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STORY: NEW ZEALAND / BAN PRESSER
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SOURCE: MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS OF NEW ZEALAND
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DATELINE 7 SEPTEMBER 2011, NEW ZEALAND

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1. Med shot, Ban Ki-moon and Prime Minister John Key approach microphone
2. Wide shot, cameraman
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“The right of self-determination is recognized by the United Nations Charter, and I listened to the concerns of some leaders, particularly French Polynesia. It is up to the Member States voting in the General Assembly to decide on the re-listing or delisting of any territory as non-state governing territory. I would encourage them to continue to have a meaningful dialogue. The United Nations has been providing support, particularly in the developmental area, as well as protection of human rights. This is a concern and this is a fundamental principle of the United Nations Charter. So we will continue to provide such assistance. However, as far as this specific question is concerned then I hope that the territories concerned will continue to engage in dialogue with the concerned parties.”
4. Cutaway, Ban Ki-moon and John Key on stage
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“Again this issue should also be discussed at the Decolonisation Committee of the United Nations General Assembly. And when it comes, again, to whether you are an independent state or non self-governing territory, whatever, the human rights is an inalienable and fundamental principle of the United Nations. We will do all to ensure that the people in West Papua, their human rights should be respected.”
6. Cutaway, Ban Ki-moon and John Key on stage
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“That we will have to see. Again, this is the same answer to you that it should be discussed at the Human Rights Council among the Member States. Normally the Secretary-General acts on the basis of the mandate given by inter-governmental bodies.”
8. Med shot, Ban and Key leaver microphone behind

STORYLINE:

Addressing the press following his meeting with the leaders of Pacific island nations today (7 Sept), United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon talked about “the concerns some leaders particularly in the French Polynesia” on their right self-determination.

He added that the issue “should also be discussed at the Decolonisation Committee of the United Nations General Assembly” adding that “we will do all to ensure that the people in West Papua, their human rights should be respected.”

The leaders who were attending the Pacific Islands Forum, which took place in New Zealand’s capital Auckland, discussed a variety of key facing the region including climate change, poverty and unemployment.

Ban and the Pacific island leaders also stressed the importance of ensuring sustainable development, management and conservation of the region’s resources, including oceans, coastal and fisheries resources, and of enabling Pacific SIDS to enjoy a greater share of the benefits derived from those resources.

On Thursday the Secretary-General will be speaking at the University of Sydney and then heading to the capital, Canberra, to meet Governor-General Quentin Bryce as well as join young schoolchildren to plant trees in the National Arboretum.
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