Israeli Police to Join Int'l. Force in Haiti

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JERUSALEM, Israel - Israel Police will dispatch a delegation of 100 officers to join the international peacekeeping force in Haiti, the Public Security Ministry announced on Wednesday. The decision came in response to requests from the United States and the United Nations.

Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said the need for peacekeeping forces in Haiti is extremely urgent.

"[It is] one of the most urgent and important requirements for coping with the disaster in Haiti in view of the breakdown of government rule," Lieberman said.

"The United States has requested that Israel consider sending a contingent of police officers to join the international force, which will be deployed in Haiti in the near future. The Israeli contingent will be comprised of 100 police officers," he said.

"Israeli aid to Haiti not only expresses moral values of the highest order, but is also a Jewish and Israeli tradition that provides the opportunity to demonstrate Israel's commitment to international efforts to assist disaster victims," the foreign minister said.

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The Jerusalem Post contributed to this report.

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