27 Jun 2006

Fiji offers military assistance to East Timor

7:06 am on 27 June 2006

Fiji has offered to send troops to East Timor to restore peace to the trouble torn country.

The offer has been made through Fiji's deputy representative at the United Nations, Filimoni Kau, at a meeting of the Security Council in New York.

The Fiji Times quotes Mr Kau as saying that Fiji had participated in the United Nations Transitional Authority in East Timor and would be willing to take part in a further peacekeeping mission if asked.

Mr Kau said Fiji would welcome and support a sustained UN presence to guide East Timor's journey into becoming a stable and democratic country.

Earlier, the East Timorese foreign minister and Nobel Peace Prize winner, Jose Ramos Horta, who resigned yesterday, had asked for Fiji to be included in a new United Nations mission to take charge of peace and stability in his country.