21 Nov 2012

No discussion on Cambodia's human rights by Key

10:08 am on 21 November 2012

New Zealand Prime Minister John Key has refused to raise human rights abuses by Cambodia with the country's leader during the East Asia Summit, despite a number of other countries taking a firm line.

Mr Key says the summit is neither the time nor the place to talk about those issues.

Both Australian prime minister Julia Gillard and President Barack Obama have told Cambodia's prime minister that he must improve the country's poor record of human rights violations.

Mr Key says he feels it is not appropriate for him to discuss such matters when there are more pressing issues for New Zealand.