29 Aug 2003

Peace Corps may return to Marshall Islands

3:32 pm on 29 August 2003

The new United States ambassador to the Marshall Islands, Greta Morris, says she's hopeful that the US Peace Corps programme will return to the Marshalls.

Her remarks were made during a ceremony where she presented her diplomatic credentials to President Kessai Note in Majuro this week.

The US Peace Corps programme pulled out of the Marshalls more than

10 years ago, after being active in the islands since the mid-1960s.

Since 2000, the Marshall Islands government has been appealing to Washington to restart the programme with a focus on teachers to bolster sagging education standards in the country.