13 Oct 2004

Samoa police pleased with UN request to help in Haiti

2:19 pm on 13 October 2004

Samoa's Assistant Police Commissioner for overseas missions, Rimoni Vaaelua, says they're proud to be asked by the United Nations to send police officers to Haiti.

The UN request came after Samoa sent officers to East Timor, Liberia and more recently, Solomon Islands.

He says they have yet to finalise how many officers will be chosen, and when the officers will go.

Rimoni Vaaelua says it's the first time they've been asked to go Haiti.

"We haven't had time because...although we know where Haiti is, it's near Florida. Although its far far away from us, we're still, the commissioner and executive are still trying to wait for the final selection before a complete briefing for the team will be done. I think more knowledge of Haiti should be done with induction training."

Rimoni Vaaelua