UN delegation assess defense force facilities
June 7, 2017 4:25 am
A United Nations delegation is in the country to conduct an assessment of the Fiji Police Force facilities and capabilities.
The purpose of the visit is in accordance with a mandatory process for all Police contributing countries to determine the viability of Fiji UN peacekeeping pledges.
Team leader from the UN’s department of Peacekeeping operations Adam Smith says this is also a follow up on the pledge made by Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama to send more officers for UN missions.
“We’re here for a few days to talk to the leadership from the Police and the military about they want to contribute to peacekeeping operation going forward to look at the units they have pledged, see some demonstrations of their capabilities, talk about UN standards and requirements both in terms of equipment, training but also in terms of conduct and discipline.”
The visiting delegation paid a courtesy call on Police Commissioner Brigadier General Sitiveni Qiliho before conducting their assessment tour.
They also visited the forensics unit and the CID Headquarters noting interests from the UN Police divisions for potential deployment of investigators and forensics to assist in UN led investigations when required.