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Defence minister holds peacekeeping talks in New York

November 22, 2017 5:11 pm

Fiji remains committed to world peace by providing troops, equipment and capabilities such as Bushmasters for service in global hotspots around the world.

This was highlighted by Minister for Defence and National Security, Inoke Kubuabola at a high level meeting at the United Nations Head Quarters in New York yesterday to discuss our peacekeeping agendas.

During the meeting with the three UN under Secretary Generals, Kubuabola made a commitment for the deployment of the Fiji’s Formed Police Unit to any UN Mission from 2018-2019 and this included Correctional officers.

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The assurance and basis of Fiji’s commitment was in line with its peacekeeping pledges at the UN.

Discussions also included Fiji’s consideration for future increases in Police and Corrections participation in UN missions in South Sudan and the African Union/United Nations Hybrid operation in Darfur.

Kubuabola also requested if the UN’s Department of Peacekeeping Operations could consider increasing Fiji’s troop numbers in The United Nations Disengagement Observer Force in Syria and the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon.

The UN USGs spoke highly and commended the Fijian troops deployed to mission areas.

The Minister travels to Rome next, to call on the Director General of the Multi-National Force and Observer Mission where he will discuss critical issues pertaining to Fiji’s troops in the Sinai Peninsula.

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