31 May 2006

Samoa policemen offer to stay on in East Timor

9:39 am on 31 May 2006

Part of Samoa's police contingent serving with the United Nations peace mission in East Timor has insisted on staying to help restore peace to the island.

Three officers from the fifteen-man contingent were still in East Timor when the violence erupted.

Police Commissioner Papali'i Lorenese Neru says he thinks the three officers should be allowed to help where they can.

He says the three feel strongly they want to stay and help.

Papali'i says he met yesterday with the Attorney General and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on what moves should be taken.

He also says the three officers are safe and are based at an army barracks.