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Article 41(1) of the 1961 Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations

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From: Khairu Sobanchi

Dear Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade,

Can you please

(1) outline the expected rules of conduct for foreign diplomats operating in New Zealand, whether on a posting or formal or informal visit, and confirm whether MFAT and partner agencies such as the New Zealand Denfence Force abide by Article 41(1) of the 1961 Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, which codifies a rule of international law that states that all diplomats "have a duty not to interfere in the internal affairs of" the receiving state, and;

(2) Provide me with details of what disciplinary action MFAT or indeed the NZDF might take in the hypothetical case, for sake of example, that senior officers from MFAT or NZDF were found to be -

(a) aware of foreign diplomats interfering in the internal affairs of New Zealand,

And/or

(b) actively abetting foreign diplomats to interfer in the internal affairs of New Zealand, for sake of example, after that foreign diplomat had complainted that a protest action or the like was directly interfering in the private, for-profit business interests of -

(i) their citizens, residing in New Zealand;

(ii) their citizens, residing in their home country;

(iii) their immediate family;

(iv) their business partners, including New Zealand citizens with jobs at government departments directly related to their field of business;

(v) (or the interests of all of the above).

Yours faithfully,

Khairu Sobanchi

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Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade

[UNCLASSIFIED]

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Kind regards,

 

 

MFAT ENQUIRIES
New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Trade | Manatū Aorere

  

 

195 Lambton Quay, Private Bag 18901
Wellington 6160

New Zealand

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From: ENQUIRIES
Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade

[UNCLASSIFIED]

Dear Khairu Sobanchi,

Thank you for your OIA request , this email confirms receipt and advises that your request has been sent to the appropriate division for response.

Kind regards

Executive Services Division
New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Trade | Manatū Aorere

195 Lambton Quay, Private Bag 18901
Wellington 6160
New Zealand
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Dear Khairu Sobanchi

 

Please see the attached letter regarding your OIA request.

 

Kind regards,

 

 

Executive Services Division
New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Trade | Manatū Aorere

 

T +64 4 439 8000   E  [1][email address]  

 

[2]www.mfat.govt.nz | [3]www.safetravel.govt.nz

 

 

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