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Major Atunaisa Vakatale

Major Atunaisa Vakatale
Major Atunaisa Vakatale (left), with Fijian soldiers who are currently undergoing a five-week induction training in Lebanon. Photo: RFMF
February 19
09:14 2015

The Commanding Officer (CO) of the Fiji troop at UN Post 2-45, Major Atunaisa Vakatale, handed a Fijian flag to Major-General Luciano Portolano the Force Commander of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL).

The flag will be flown at the UNIFIL headquarters to signify Fiji’s presence in UNIFIL.

The Republic of Fiji Military Forces (RFMF) Land Force Commander (LFC), Colonel Sitiveni Qiliho, yesterday said the troop had settled down at their post and were undergoing a five-week induction training.

He said they would play multi roles after the induction.

“One is that they will be the Force Commander’s reserve,” he said.

“They are all doing well in their training and all are looking forward to their postings after the induction,” he said.

The 146 Fijian soldiers had been redeployed from the Golan Heights to Lebanon after approval by Cabinet in Fiji.

Colonel Qiliho said the RFMF had positively responded to the request from the UN and the redeployment was from the Fijian troops serving at the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) in Syria’s Golan Heights.

These soldiers he said would complete their term in Lebanon while the others would complete theirs in UNDOF.

He said those serving in the Golan Heights were still at Camp Ziouni on the Israeli side of the border.

Colonel Qiliho said both the troops at the Golan Heights and at the UNIFIL would be replaced when they finished their tour.




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