FIJI, COOK ISLANDS TO CONTRIBUTE TO SOLOMONS EFFORT

MELBOURNE, Australia (Radio Australia, July 15) - More than 120 soldiers from Fiji's military forces will be involved in the Australian-led intervention force to Solomon Islands.

The soldiers are currently training at the Queen Elizabeth Barracks in Suva.

The Australian Defense Force has agreed to sustain and replenish the Fijian’s equipment, provide travel expenses and a daily allowance.

Troops are awaiting Fiji government approval for deployment, but a defense spokesman said it would probably be some time this week.

The multi-national intervention force will comprise troops and police officers from several Pacific countries.

Papua New Guinea has pledged 40 policemen and 44 soldiers, who are due in Australia for training on Thursday.

However they can't be involved until PNG's Police Act and constitution are amended.

The Cook Islands will commit two or three police officers to the effort.

July 16, 2003

Radio Australia: www.abc.net.au/ra 

 

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