The troop, which is part of the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF), arrived in two batches on June 28 and 29, respectively.
This was confirmed to this newspaper by AndrÃ©-Michel Essoungou, officer in charge of the Public Affairs with the Department of Peacekeeping Operations and Field Support, United Nations yesterday.
During the farewell, the soldiers were warned of the volatile grounds they were flying to in the buffer zone erected by the UN in 1974.
Mr Essoungou said the troop would contribute to UNDOF’s efforts in maintaining the ceasefire between Israel and Syria as prescribed by the 1974 Agreement of Disengagement between the two forces.
He said the troop under the UNDOF would supervise the area of separation by manning static positions in and on the perimetres of the area of separation to ensure that military forces of either party were kept away from each other.
“The Fijian troop replaced the Croatian contingent, which was manning UN positions in the North of the area of separation and the Japanese contingent, which were part of the UNDOF Logistics Battalion.”
He said the deployment of the Fijian troop was critical to the efforts to maintain UNDOF as a credible presence on the Golan.
“The mission remains a vital element in the UN commitment to maintain stability on the Golan and international peace and security.”