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US Embassy, Fiji Police Sign Agreement

US Embassy, Fiji Police Sign Agreement
Seated from right: US Embasy Regional Security Officer, Shawn Gray, Commissioner of Police Brigadier-General Sitiveni Qiliho and US Embassy Chargé d’Affaires Michael Goldman with other Senior Police officers after the signing of the agreement on Narcotics Control and Law Enforcement at the Police Headquarters in Laucala Beach, Nasinu, on April 27 2018. Photo: Fiji Police Force
April 28
13:19 2018

The Fiji Police force and the United States (US) Embassy yesterday signed an agreement on Narcotics Control and Law Enforcement at the Police Headquarters in Laucala Beach in Nasinu, Suva.

The agreement signed between the US Embassy Chargé d’affaires Michael Goldman and Commissioner of Police Brigadier-General Sitiveni Qiliho is to assist in the training and deployment of Fijian Police peacekeepers to the United Nations and regional peacekeeping missions.

This US sponsored training will be provided to both the Republic of Fiji’s newly formed Police units and to individual Police officers assigned to UN peacekeeping missions.

Mr Goldman said for years, the United States has been a proud partner of Fiji in supporting international peacekeeping.

“Fiji has contributed personnel to some UN’s most difficult missions,” Mr Goldman said.

“From Iraq to Sinai, Lebanon to the Golan Heights, Fiji has stood firm when challenged. And we are proud to have stood by Fiji.

“Service in peacekeeping operations has a celebrated place in Fiji, and I can think of many distinguished Fijians, in uniform and out, who have distinguished themselves through peacekeeping service.

“The partnership we are starting today is very much in this spirit,” Mr Goldman said.

He said they aimed to create a community of practice among peacekeepers and the trainers of peacekeepers.

“We aim to inculcate a strong culture of performance that is geared toward effectiveness in missions and strong leadership,” Mr Goldman said.

“Police play a critical role in this and it is critical that they are fully trained and qualified for timely deployment to perform their mandated duties.

“In this vein, I would like to stress the importance of having female leaders in security and peacekeeping.

“The United States strongly supports increasing the meaningful participation of women as peacekeepers and in positions of leadership in UN peace operations,” Mr Goldman said.

Brigadier-General Qiliho said it is a significant achievement for the Fiji Police force as they move towards another area of achievement in the department.

“The Prime Minister had made a commitment to the United Nations Peacekeeping with the Police and Military commitment,” Brigadier-General Qiliho said.

“We went around looking at ways that could effectively prepare us to meet the commitment that has been made by the Government.

“We thank the US Embassy for coming on board with us so we could prepare our men and women for our international obligation to UN peacekeeping operations.

“We had worked hard to get the project done and we look forward to the start of the project,” Brigadier-General Qiliho said.

Edited by Naisa Koroi

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