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NZ backs UN aviation security resolution

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 22/09/2016

Foreign Minister Murray McCully has told the UN Security Council civil aviation is an attractive target for terrorists attacks and technology is becoming more difficult to detect.

Mr McCully was in the chair at a council meeting which has just passed a resolution calling on all member states to strengthen aviation security.

"Air links are critical to New Zealand, more than 99 per cent of our international visitors arrive by air and around 15 per cent of our exports are transported by air," Mr McCully said.

"The security of international civil aviation is therefore of vital importance to my country."

Mr McCully said it was important to recognise that not all countries could or should implement the same security measures.

"It does not make sense to expect the same systems and approach from Tuvalu as we do from the United States.

"New Zealand therefore welcomes the focus in today's resolution on international co-operation, including technical assistance."

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