7 July, 2005
SUBJECT: WMD PROLIFERATORS' E.O.
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Classified By: POLITICAL ECONOMIC COUNSELOR KATHERINE HADDA, FOR REASONS 1.4 (B) and (D)
1. (C) Pol/Econ Couns shared reftel information with Deborah
Panckhurst, Deputy Director of the Disarmament Division at
the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, stressing our
desire that New Zealand adopt a similar policy. Panckhurst
promised to review the E.O. closely and said that she would
take our request on board.
2. (C) Panckhurst noted, however, that as New Zealand
approaches general elections (expected to be called for
mid-September) government bureaucrats are resisting putting
forward any new initiatives for Ministers' consideration.
This is standard practice in New Zealand, and is designed
to prevent a Government close to the end of its term from
putting forward new legislation or policies that an incoming
Government might not favor.