World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search

 

Army Chief Ready For Solomons Peacekeeping

USP Pacific Journalism Online: http://www.usp.ac.fj/journ/
USP Pasifik Nius: http://www.usp.ac.fj/journ/nius/index.html
USP Pasifik Nius stories on Scoop (NZ):
http://www.scoop.co.nz/international.htm
Have your say: http://www.TheGuestBook.com/vgbook/109497.gbook

THE CHIEF of the Australian Army, Lieutenant-General Peter Cosgrove, says his troops are ready to take on peacekeeping duties in the Solomon Islands, ABC Online News reports.

Foreign Minister Alexander Downer has said Australia will contribute to an international team to monitor the peace agreement between warring militias on the Solomons.

Lieutenant-General Cosgrove says the international team will be similar to the Bougainville peace monitoring group.

"We'd be ready...I mean I'm speculating here but [I] imagine the numbers here wouldn't be much different to what we had in Bougainville, maybe a little smaller even," he said.

"But in any event, it's such an important issue that if it is the Government's wish then naturally the Defence Force will be ready to leap into action."

The agreement to end a war which has killed up to 100 people was negotiated in Townsville during the past six days.

The Solomons has been racked by intermittent fighting between rival militia from Guadalcanal and Malaita islands for nearly two years.

+++niuswire


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
World Headlines

 

For NZ, It Was May 6: Earth Overshoot Day 2019 Is The Earliest Ever

Humanity is currently using nature 1.75 times faster than our planet’s ecosystems can regenerate. This is akin to using 1.75 Earths... More>>

ALSO:

Asylum: More Manus Refugees Fly To US But Hundreds Still In Limbo

“The US deal was never going to provide enough places for the refugees Australia has held on Manus and Nauru. There are over 1800 refugees needing resettlement,” said Ian Rintoul, spokesperson for the Refugee Action Coalition. More>>

ALSO:

Food Security: African Swine Fever Rapidly Spreading In Asia

African Swine Fever is rapidly spreading in East and Southeast Asia threatening food security and livelihoods of households relying on pig farming... More>>

ALSO:

"NZ Leadership Needed": Japan Resume Commercial Whaling

The Green Party is deeply concerned by Japan’s resumption of commercial whaling, Green Party Animal Welfare Spokesperson Gareth Hughes said today. More>>

ALSO: