22 Oct 2003

Fiji agrees to send peace keepers to Liberia

4:57 pm on 22 October 2003

Fiji's Cabinet has approved in priniciple the deployment of a police contingent to the war-torn African nation of Liberia.

But Radio Fiji reports that the Cabinet has agreed that the Liberia mission be finalised after an on-the-ground assessment by the commissioner of police, Andrew Hughes.

The United Nations established the 1,015-member police mission to support the cease fire agreement and the peace process in Liberia.

It will also be charged with protecting UN staff, facilities and civilians, and supporting humanitarian activities.

The home affairs minister, Joketani Cokanasiga says Fiji will send a 30-member police contingent.