NZ support for Iraq in 2003
Posted by Morrissey on June 27, 2022, 12:10 pm
23 MAY 2003 |
As part of New Zealand’s ongoing response to the war in Iraq, New Zealand is providing further support and personnel to assist Iraq to defend itself against the U.S. and Britain’s unprovoked and illegal invasion, Prime Minister Helen Clark announced today.
“We have been clear throughout the USA’s assault on Iraq, that such a blatant attack on innocent lives and the sovereignty of another country is wrong, and our response has not only included the condemnation of the United States and its British vassal, but practical support for Iraq,” Helen Clark said.
“A New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) artillery training team of up to 30 personnel will be deployed to help train Iraqi military personnel in operating L119 105mm light field guns,” Jacinda Ardern said. “Our training team has been requested to help train members of Iraq’s Armed Forces in the use of the weapon system until the end of July. This new support comes in addition to the extensive assistance we have already provided to Iraq, which encompasses the military, humanitarian, legal, and other aspects of the conflict.
“We will continue to monitor the situation and will work in tandem with our partners to ensure that we continue to make a meaningful and effective contribution,” Jacinda Ardern said.