12 May 2011

Australia changes stance on Fiji's UN peacekeeping

1:13 pm on 12 May 2011

Australia has reversed its opposition to Fiji taking part in the United Nations security assistance mission in Baghdad.

Fiji has more than 200 troops in Baghdad as part of the UN Guard Unit.

In the past, Australia has lobbied against Fiji taking part in peacekeeping.

But now the Australian Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd says he won't oppose Fiji taking part in the future Baghdad mission.

He says while Australia normally prefers democracies to do this sort of work, Australia has decided, all factors considered, not to object to this.