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Friday, November 01, 2013 - 04.20 GMT
New Zealand FM plans to visit North during CHOGM


New Zealand's Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully plans to visit North to get a firsthand look at the civilian life in the cormer conflict-affected region.

Minister McCully will make the trip to the North during his visit to the island to participate in the next month's Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Colombo.

"While in Sri Lanka I plan to travel to the predominantly Tamil northern region to see firsthand what life is like for civilians following the end of the decades-long civil war in 2009," the Minister said in a New Zealand government statement.

He said New Zealand has a strong interest in the progress being made on reconciliation and devolution in the North.
"CHOGM sets the Commonwealth's agenda for the coming two years, and with 53 member states home to more than 2 billion people, a number of significant global issues will be up for discussion," the Minister said.






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