June 13th, 2024

New Zealand calls for calm, constructive dialogue in New Caledonia

Foreign Minister Winston Peters expresses grave concern over escalating situation and violent protests in Nouméa

New Zealand calls for calm, constructive dialogue in New Caledonia

New Zealand is urging calm and constructive dialogue in New Caledonia amidst escalating violence and protests in Nouméa, Foreign Minister Winston Peters said today, according to a government media release issued today.

"The escalating situation and violent protests in Nouméa are of serious concern across the Pacific Islands region," Peters said. He emphasised the need for immediate de-escalation to facilitate dialogue and restore calm.

Urging for peaceful resolution

Peters highlighted the detrimental impact of violence on all communities in New Caledonia, regardless of differing political views.

"No matter your views on the political arrangements in New Caledonia, everyone should agree that violence is harmful to every community there," he said.

New Zealand’s regional interest

As a neighbour and fellow member of the Pacific Islands Forum, New Zealand has a vested interest in a peaceful resolution. Peters noted New Zealand's close partnership with France in the Pacific, urging all parties to engage in constructive dialogue.

"New Zealand, as a neighbour of New Caledonia and fellow member of the Pacific Islands Forum, has a strong interest in the peaceful resolution of the situation there. France and New Zealand are close partners in the Pacific. We are urging all sides to engage in constructive dialogue," he added.

Consular support and safety advice

New Zealand is maintaining close contact with authorities in Nouméa, Paris, and partners such as Australia and Japan to monitor developments and provide consular support.

Peters urged all New Zealanders in New Caledonia to register on SafeTravel and contact the 24/7 Consular Emergency line for immediate assistance at +64 99 20 20 20.

Advisory for New Zealanders in New Caledonia

New Zealanders in New Caledonia are advised to avoid all protests and demonstrations, stay in place, and limit movements as recommended by local authorities. Travellers should also check with airlines for updates on flight bookings and contact their travel insurance providers if travel has been disrupted.