SAMOA PLANNING TO SEND POLICE OFFICERS TO EAST TIMOR

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By Lave Tuiletufuga

PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (March 14, 2000 - Samoa News/PINA Nius Online)---The plan to deploy Samoan policemen to provide "civilian policing" in the troubled region of East Timor is very much alive, said Samoa's Secretary of Foreign Affairs Aiono Mose Sua.

Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi and New Zealand's Prime Minister Helen Clark recently discussed the use of local police officers in the former Indonesian province.

The one-year deployment of Samoa police officers may take place in May after specialized training by New Zealand police in Apia.

The final number of officers called for service in East Timor has not yet been determined.

In the meantime, several officers have expressed reservations with the proposed deployment and want assurances of pay increases and promotion for those who go to East Timor.

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