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Republic Of Fiji Military Forces Deploys Newest United Nations Peacekeeping Mission

He said Major Naulumatua had undergone preparatory training for his deployment and continued the long and proud tradition of Fiji’s contribution above its weight to global peace.
19 Jul 2019 17:47
Republic Of Fiji Military Forces Deploys Newest United Nations Peacekeeping Mission
The Republic of Fiji Military Forces Commander Rear Admiral Viliame Naupoto with Major Monty Naulumatua. Photo: RFMF Media Cell

A senior Republic of Fiji Military Forces (RFMF) officer has been deployed as a military observer in the United Nations newest peacekeeping mission. This is in Yemen, one of the toughest war zones in the Middle East.

Major Monty Nalumatua joins the United Nations Mission in Support of the Hudaydah Agreement today.

This was confirmed to the Fiji Sun by the RFMF Director Peace Support Operations, Lieutenant-Colonel Pacolo Luveni.

He said Major Naulumatua had undergone preparatory training for his deployment and continued the long and proud tradition of Fiji’s contribution above its weight to global peace.

“He will take with him the well wishes of a grateful nation for the sacrifices that we will have to endure in support of peace,” Lieutenant-Colonel Luveni said.

Fiji, he said, had maintained a proud history of peacekeeping over the past 40 years, beginning with the deployment of troops to South Lebanon in 1978 under the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL).

Since then the RFMF has been deployed to 17 UN peacekeeping missions worldwide.

Annually, the Republic of Fiji Military Forces commits 15 per cent of its strength to peacekeeping missions, a testament to Fiji’s commitment to global peace.

This week, Police Commissioner Brigadier-General Sitiveni Qiliho revealed that a senior Police officer, SSP Malakai Kivarua, had been seconded to the Yemen mission from South Sudan.

Edited by Epineri Vula

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