US pressures Fiji for Iraqi troops
The United States is urging Fiji to send soldiers to Iraq but is not willing to pay their salaries, US ambassador David Lyon was quoted as saying in the Fiji Sun newspaper.
“While we would very much like Fiji to contribute troops to Iraq peacekeeping duties, and are prepared to provide equipment, uniforms, small arms, transport and logistical support, we are unable to pay salaries or personal entitlements,” Mr Lyon said. Fiji has an army of around 9,000. Mr Lyon suggested Fiji might be able to find the needed funds from an international donor.
Well, it’s official, we are at the bottom of the barrel. Next we will be asking the African Bushmen to police Bagdad!