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WELLINGTON, New Zealand (RNZI, July 31) - A contingent of 15
Samoan police officers are expected to leave for Solomon Islands in two weeks.

Samoa had offered to send 40 officers to be part of the
Australian-led intervention force but the new police commissioner,
Papali‘itele Lorenese Neru, says only 15 officers were requested at this time.

The commissioner says he thinks the Samoan contingent will be
based in Honiara, with normal policing duties.

"They will have to display a high level of integrity, high
level of discipline, and treat everyone fairly, going into these island
nations... we are going in to help them, to assist them to bring their
livelihoods and their lives up to a standard where it's acceptable to normal
human life".

The commissioner says the Samoa police officers will be the
first of the Pacific island contingents to be sent to Solomon Islands.

He says police from Fiji, Tonga and the Cook Islands will also
join the intervention force.

August 1, 2003

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