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

 


Gov't to Decide on Troop Dispatch To Iraq in Oct


Gov't to Decide on Troop Dispatch in Oct

The government is seeking to reach a final decision by the end of October on the United States' request for South Korean combat troops to help stabilize postwar Iraq.

¡°We will wrap up the matter by the end of next month taking various factors into account,¡± a senior Cheong Wa Dae official said on Tuesday (Sept. 23).

National security advisor Ra Jong-yil is set to visit the U.S. early next month to discuss the matter with officials, including his counterpart Condoleezza Rice.

Ra will attempt to iron out differences in opinions on the issue before a planned summit meeting between President Roh Moo-hyun and U.S. President George W. Bush on the sidelines of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meeting to be held Oct. 21-22 in Bangkok.

¡°We need to come to a conclusion on the matter before the APEC session,¡± the official said.

Defense Minister Cho Young-kil said the government will have an outline on the matter before officials begin the Security Consultative Meeting (SCM) in Seoul, Oct. 24-25.

¡°We will need to present our position on the matter by that time although it will not be the final one,¡± Cho said during a National Assembly inspection of the ministry.

U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld is scheduled to attend the meeting.

The government is planning to hold a meeting of security-related ministers this week to discuss the troop dispatch.

An inter-ministry delegation will leave for Iraq on Wednesday to carry out a 10-day survey on the feasibility of the military assistance.

Another delegation composed of security-related officials will also leave for the U.S. to fine-tune policies on the matter. The delegation, led by Deputy Defense Minister Cha Young-koo, will also coordinate policies ahead of the Oct. 6-8 Korea-U.S. alliance meeting.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
World Headlines

 

Gordon Campbell: On The End Game In Spain (And Other World News)

The coverage of international news seems almost entirely dependent on a random selection of whatever some overseas news agency happens to be carrying overnight... Here are a few interesting international stories that have largely flown beneath the radar this past week. More>>

Amnesty/Human Rights Watch: Appalling Abuse, Neglect Of Refugees On Nauru

Refugees and asylum seekers on Nauru, most of whom have been held there for three years, routinely face neglect by health workers and other service providers who have been hired by the Australian government, as well as frequent unpunished assaults by local Nauruans. More>>

ALSO:

Other Australian Detention

Gordon Campbell: On The Censorship Havoc In South Africa’s State Broadcaster

Demands have included an order to staff that there should be no further negative news about the country’s President Jacob Zuma, and SABC camera operators responsible for choosing camera angles that have allegedly made the President ‘look shorter’ were to be retrained... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On A Bad Week For Malcolm Turnbull, And The Queen

Malcolm Turnbull’s immediate goal – mere survival – is still within his grasp... In every other respect though, this election has been a total disaster for the Liberals. More>>

ALSO:


Gordon Campbell: On Bidding Bye Bye To Boris

Boris Johnson’s exit from the contest for Conservative Party leadership supports the conspiracy theory that he never really expected the “Leave” option to win the referendum – and he has no intention now of picking up the poisoned chalice that managing the outcome will entail... More>>

ALSO:

Mexico: Violence And Repression Of Teachers

The member organizations of Network for Peace express our indignation over the acts of repression that the Mexican State has carried out, through the police forces... In Chiapas, Guerrero and Oaxaca, the conflict has resulted in murders of teachers and civilians as well as hundreds of wounded and dozens of people arrested. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Britain's Pleas For Mercy

So… Boris Johnson is promising that he won't be holding a snap general election, if he's chosen as the next UK Conservative Party leader. Reportedly, he is even making that promise a feature of his leadership campaign, since a vote for Boris would therefore mean (wink wink) that his colleagues wouldn't have to risk their jobs and face the wrath of the British public until 2020. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 
 
 
 
World
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news