2 Jun 2006

Vanuatu Police Force members deployed to Sudan

12:40 pm on 2 June 2006

Six members of the Vanuatu Police Force, the VPF, have been deployed to serve in Sudan under the United Nations peacekeeping mission.

The Daily Post reports that the contingent has two senior officers in it with previous experience of international missions - Major Kalshem Bongran who had served in East Timor and Captain Benjamin Bani who served in Bosnia.

The contingent will be away for one year.

Once in Sudan, they are expected to be placed at different outposts in the South and South Western part of the country that has been plagued by civil war.

Nine members of the VPF are serving with the UN in places like Congo, the Ivory Coast and Haiti while a further seven are serving under RAMSI in Solomon Islands.

Daily Post understands that the six VPF officers going to Sudan are expected to each receive a monthly pay of 5,000 US dollars.