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Tenacious, sad account of NZ complicity on East Timor

Volume 13, Issue 1

March, 2007

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Mollgaard, M. (2007). Tenacious, sad account of NZ complicity on East Timor. Pacific Journalism Review, 13(1): 204-208. Review of Negligent Neighbour: New Zealand's Complicity in the Invasion and Occupation of Timor-Leste, by Maire Leadbeater. Nelson: Craig Potton Publishing, 2006, 280 pp. ISBN: 13: 9781877333590.
Author(s): Matt Mollgaard
Reviewed book by: Maire Leadbeater
Publication date: 
April, 2007

This is an essential book for any one interested in the way that New Zealand formulates and carries out its foreign policy. It is also a stark reminder that New Zealand, a founder member of the United Nations, a vocal supporter of decolonisation and a country much-praised for its peacekeeping efforts all over the world has not always been willing to take a moral stance when balancing trade, security and human rights. Maire Leadbeater has produced the most detailed account so far of New Zealand's involvement in the tragedy that engulfed East Timor during and after the 1975 Indonesian invasion of the former Portuguese colony.