17 Aug 2004

10 Fiji police to go to Haiti

4:37 pm on 17 August 2004

Ten Fiji police officers will be deployed for peacekeeping duties in the Caribbean nation of Haiti which has been torn by years of political violence.

Radio Fiji reports that the deployment comes at the request of the United Nations which has substantial peacekeeping forces in Haiti.

The radio says two UN officials will arrive in Fiji next week to conduct final tests of about 300 police officers who are undergoing training for overseas missions, but only ten will be selected for the initial deployment.

Fiji police officers are currently on peacekeeping duties in the Solomon Islands, Liberia and Kosovo.

Commissioner Andrew Hughes has previously said that he wants to see up to 100 officers continuously on similar duties abroad for their personal benefit and to earn foreign exchange for the country.