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Sinai peacekeepers expected to stay put

July 20, 2016 5:55 pm

One hundred and thirty seven Fijian peacekeepers have returned from Sinai over the last few months with the United Nations Mission in the area downsizing the operation because of security reasons.

Director Peacekeeping Operations – Commander Humphrey Tawake says the remaining troops are expected to serve out the mission until the end of year.

“We have about 203 that still remain in the Sinai and that we hope will remain and there’ll be no more returns, the good thing is that there are no further plans to reduce our troops in the Sinai.”

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Commander Tawake says those officers recalled because of the security situation have been given first priority for the next infantry deployment which is scheduled for August to the Golan Heights.

Fijian peacekeepers also serve in Iraq, Lebanon, Syria and South Sudan.

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