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Labour Calls For New Zealand To Stand By Chile

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Labour's Foreign Affairs spokesperson Chris Carter says it's time John Key made good on his promise to help Chile following the devastating earthquake on Sunday, now that Chile's President Michelle Bachelet has asked for international assistance.

"More than 2 million people have been directly affected by the earthquake in Chile. With necessities and shelter in short supply, the people are getting frustrated and the security situation is deteriorating," Chris Carter said.

"Chile and New Zealand have a special relationship. We are partners in a free trade agreement and political links between the two countries are strong. President Bachelet has visited New Zealand, and former Labour Ministers have close working relationships with their Chilean counterparts. The growing Chilean community in New Zealand help to reinforce our links.

"President Bachelet has pleaded for international help with temporary bridging, field hospitals, electric generators and water purification systems. New Zealand could play a constructive role in helping meet some of these basic needs.

"John Key must show a commitment to the close relationship that has been forged with Chile and follow through on his promise to offer help to our friends in need. "The true horror of Haiti's earthquake took several days to unfold, and now we're seeing real challenges emerging in Chile.

"I urge John Key and Murray McCully to get on the telephone and offer the Chilean Government any help that we can."

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