New Zealand hosts conventional weapons conference

New Zealand is hosting 14 Pacific countries at the Pacific Conference on Conventional Weapons Treaties in Auckland from 12 to 14 February. New Zealand’s Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Fletcher Tabuteau, formally welcomed delegates to the Conference with a reception in Auckland. “The Conference provides an opportunity to reinforce the importance our region places on enhancing human security and protecting our peoples from harm,” said Mr Tabuteau. “It further reaffirms the role that the Pacific can play in protecting and strengthening global norms and in advancing the scope and span…

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USS Michael Murphy arrives in Solomon Islands

February 10, 2017 – The guided-missile destroyer USS Michael Murphy (DDG 112) arrived in Honiara for a goodwill port visit, Feb. 10. Ship visits like this create opportunities for the United States and Pacific Island nations to strengthen security cooperation and ensure a safer and more prosperous future for the region. While in Honiara, Michael Murphy Commanding Officer Cmdr. Robert A. Heely Jr. will meet with Forum Fisheries Agencies and the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force. Michael Murphy will also conduct a memorial ceremony, Feb. 11, to honor the Sailors, Marines,…

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