Delamere to visit United States

  • John Delamare

The Minister of Customs and Associate Health Minister, Hon Tuariki Delamere, will deliver New Zealand's address to the United Nations General Assembly Special Session on the World Drug Problem in New York on Wednesday, June 10. (Eds note: 4pm New York time; 9am Thursday, June 11, NZ time).

The Special Session opens on Monday, June 8, and will be attended by several world leaders, including President Bill Clinton.

Mr Delamere will outline New Zealand's current strategies for combating the effects of illegal drugs and will urge greater international co-operation to defeat drug traffickers.

While in New York, the Minister will attend a reception hosted by the President of Mexico and hold talks on national drug strategies with General Barry McCaffrey of the United States, Keith Hellawell of the United Kingdom and Dick Kaasjage, of Holland.

Mr Delamere also plans to discuss indigenous health strategies with Michael Trujillo, the Director of the Indian Health Service in Washington, D.C., and on the ground with the Indian Health Service in Phoenix, Arizona.

A feature of the trip will be an inspection and briefings on anti-smuggling initiatives at the US Customs Command Surveillance Centre in Los Angeles, followed by an air and sea patrol of the US/Mexico border.

The Minister leaves New Zealand on Saturday, June 6 and returns on Monday, June 15.