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It Will Be A Proud Day For Bainimarama At UN General Assembly

When Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama  addresses the United Nations General Assembly this week, he carries with him the mandate of the people of Fiji. It will be a proud moment
23 Sep 2014 09:06

When Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama  addresses the United Nations General Assembly this week, he carries with him the mandate of the people of Fiji.

It will be a proud moment as he takes the stand. Some years ago when he stood on the same spot, he had promised the UN that Fiji would return to truly genuine democractic elections.

He will be reporting back to say he has done it. The election was conducted based on universal principles of equal citizenry.

For the first time in Fiji, the general election was run on a one person-one vote system which is not race-based.

UN peacekeeping mission is also likely to be high on Mr Bainimarama’s agenda. Fiji’s resolute position in supporting the UN mission is expected to be reiterated.

Despite the capture, detention and release of 45 Golan Heights Fijian troops by Al-Nusra Front recently, Mr Bainimarama is likely to recommit Fiji for the UN mission.

The Fijian troops have been praised for the way they conducted themselves. Our troops have earned an excellent reputation  wherever they have served, in southern Lebanon, Sinai peninsula, Timor Leste, Iraq, Bougainville and other threatres of conflict.

On the same note, Major-General Ioane Naivalurua, currently our Ambassador at large, could be in line for the top job as Commanding Officer of United Nations Disengagement Observer Force after the incumbent, Lieutenant-General Iqbal Singh Singha, (India) finishes his term soon.

If he gets the job, it will be a significant achievement for Fiji. It will be the first time a Fijian is a commanding officer of such a major UN mission.

Major-General Naivalurua has the right credentials for the job. For all its past and present commitments to UN peacekeeping operations, the UN could reward Fiji with the UNDOF post.

Last year when countries were pulling out from the Golan Heights for safety fears, the UN turned to Fiji for help and Fiji obliged.

The detention of the 45 underscored the danger faced by peacekeepers in the Golan. In Lebanon, Fiji paid a high price when it lost a number of our brave soldiers.

The UN is aware of these sacrifices and the unwavering attitude and position of our military officers.

Climate change will also be on the list for Mr Bainimarama. Again, he is expected to highlight the plight of the small island nations of the Pacific which are sinking because of global warming.

The more developed and affluent countries should take their carbon emission commitment seriously. They should also contribute to efforts to put up defences against rising sea level.

Mr Bainimarama will have a substantial brief to present when he arrives in New York. It will mark his first official duty as our newly-elected Prime Minister.

Feedback:  nemani.delaibatiki@fijisun.com.fj

 




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