Fiji soldiers to Golan farewelled

President Ratu Epeli Nailatikau. Photo: Information Ministry


12182 soldiers who will leave for Golan Heights to join the UN Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) tomorrow were officially farewelled in Suva today.

They participated in a farewell parade at Albert Park. They marched from Albert Park to the Flea Market where they boarded a bus to Nadi.

President Ratu Epeli Nailatikau told the troops to be committed.

“Deployments to the Middle East are not new to the RFMF,” he said.

“I have no doubt that you will carry out the mandate with distinction.”

The President also reminded the troops that they would be working in an area that is at the  most volatile. But he said that it would not be an unfamiliar situation for the Fiji troops.

A Mayoral salute was also accorded to the Special Administrator of Suva Chandu Umaria.

The Fiji peacekeepers will be led by Lt Colonel Sitiveni Qilio. They will serve for a year.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama has confirmed that 540 soldiers from the RFMF will be sent to the Syrian Golan Heights for peacekeeping duties. An official announcement regarding this will be made next month

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