UNDOF Force Praises Fijian Soldiers
Fiji’s permanent representative to the United Nations Peter Thomson visited Fijian soldiers serving in the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF).
UNDOF chief of staff, Colonel Jone Kalouniwai met him when he arrived at Camp Ziouani, Golan Heights last Thursday.
The force commander, Major-General Purna Chandra Thapa, was also present.
At the briefing the force commander praised the Fijian peacekeepers serving in the UNDOF.
Mr Thomson was there for meetings with the UNDOF command and the officers of the Fijian contingent.
In his meeting with the UNDOF senior officers, he received a comprehensive briefing on the current security situation within the Area of Separation between Syria and Israel that is monitored by UNDOF. The briefing included plans for UNDOF’s future activities, along with measures required to reinforce delivery of the force’s mandate. Lieutenant-Colonel Vatimio Leva and the officers of the Fijian contingent hosted Mr Thomson to a luncheon during which issues of importance to the contingent were discussed. Ambassador Thomson told the officers that the UN had expressed its deepest appreciation for Fiji’s service in UNDOF. He said men and women of the Fijian contingent should be proud of the manner in which they were lifting Fiji’s name higher through their exemplary service in the Golan.
Mr Thomson said the presence of 22 Fijian servicewomen in UNDOF was paving the way for greater involvement of Fijian women in UN Peacekeeping. He also noted the high morale of the Fijian contingent and that all was well with Fiji’s Golan deployment.
The force commander presented a gift to Mr Thomson at the end of his visit.