26 Jun 2003

Samoa to decide next week on participation in proposed force

9:39 am on 26 June 2003

Samoa's Foreign Secretary says a decision will be made next week on whether that country will take part in the proposed intervention force for Solomon Islands.

Aiono Mose Sua says they are yet to see the report of the scoping mission, which was sent to Honiara but once that is made known, Samoa will look at how it can help.

Aiono says the prime minister, Tuilaepa Sailele, will be attending the meeting in Sydney.

"that decision will be made by the Prime Minister when he's at the meeting depending on what's required. We've always been supportive of work that has been done for Solomons. We've been involved in East Timor... Samoa has already been involved in peace keeping activities.... Samoa has participated and tries to do what it can in the region as well as internationally.'"

Samoa's Foreign secretary, Aiono Mose Sua.