17 Oct 2003

UN asks Samoa for peacekeepers in Liberia

4:29 pm on 17 October 2003

The United Nations has asked Samoa for a contingent to assist with peacekeeping in Liberia.

Negotiations are underway between the UN and Samoa's UN mission in New York, for up to fifteen police officers from Samoa to serve in the troubled African country.

The Assistant Commissioner of Police, Siligatusa Semi Lesa, told Televise Samao work opportunities have been advertised to seek police officers who want to go.

He said the contingent planned to be taken over is ten to fifteen officers.

He added the deadline for applications from police to serve as peacekeepers close on the 24th of this month.

Samoan police are currently serving in Solomon Islands and as peacekeepers under UN sponsorship in East Timor.