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By Agnes M. Abrau

KOROR, Palau (Palau Horizon, Jan. 27) – Palau has received a notice of its eligibility to be a member of the Special Committee on Peacekeeping Operations of the United Nations.

This was based on Palau’s status as a new police contributing country and a new troop contributing country.

Palau’s Ambassador to the United Nations Stuart Beck earlier requested the United Nations to allow this Pacific island nation to participate in the 2006 special committee sessions.

The announcement of Palau’s membership was made during the Senate session on January 18.

Sen. Joshua Koshiba chairman of the Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs and State Relations said Beck told him that many islanders want to join the peacekeeping mission, which offers "lucrative salaries."

Koshiba said Beck is also trying to convince the Palau government to establish an advanced police force so the United Nations can recruit them.

According to Koshiba, this will require better training of the local police.

January 27, 2006

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