WORLD NEWS RELEASE
FOR GENERAL RELEASE:
5 January, 1989
WORLD CITIZEN GARRY DAVIS PROPOSES
TO WELLINGTON GOVERNMENT THAT NEW ZEALAND
BE SITE FOR WORLD CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION
AUCKLAND, 5 January-- On his world tour to enlist support for the World Citizen Party, under whose banner he ran for U.S. president in the last election, World Citizen Garry Davis proposed to the Honorable David Butler, Minister of Commerce and Energy and acting Duty Minister, that New Zealand be the site for the 1990 world constitutional convention first announced on November 22, 1948 during a United Nations General Assembly session in Paris by the former B-17 World War II bomber pilot.
Mr. Butler, speaking for the Government, expressed his approval of the concept, adding that the Prime Minister, David Lange, was a member of the Parliamentarians for Global Action, a New York-based advocacy group promoting world peace through law. Many members of the New Zealand parliament, he said, were also members of the association.
"New Zealand is ideally located geographically," Davis said today," to be the site for a world constitutional convention. Besides, its present anti-nuclear policy has found an ever-growing popular support among the ordinary citizens of the world."
In a letter to the Hon. D. Butler (appended), Davis pointed out the appropriateness of 1990 as the year in which the global convention would begin. "The Centenary celebrations plus the Commonwealth Games in themselves should focus world attention on these beautiful islands. A world constitutional convention mandatexd to draft a workable global instrument of government for subsequent ratification by world citizen assemblies throughout the community will certainly add historical character to an already prestigious year and beyond."
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