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Peacekeepers Stick To UN Mandate

The Republic of Fiji Military Forces (RFMF) battalion at the Golan Heights has continued to stay on the Israeli side as they stick to the UN mandate. According to the
26 Sep 2014 08:53
Peacekeepers Stick To UN Mandate

The Republic of Fiji Military Forces (RFMF) battalion at the Golan Heights has continued to stay on the Israeli side as they stick to the UN mandate.

According to the RFMF Commander, Brigadier- General Mosese Tikoitoga the situation at the Golan Heights had deteriorated in the last few weeks.

“There has been a directive by the UN in New York for all UN personnels to vacate the Syrian side of the Golan Heights and we as part of the UN, the Indians, the Irish, and the Nepalese have withdrawn from the Syrian side into the Israeli side.”

He said Fiji also had positions on the Israeli side that they were now occupying.

“All our positions on the Syrian side of the border have been vacated and we are now sitting on the Israeli side of the border.”

He says there is an all out civil war now in Syria and part of the Golan Heights is a battlefield.

The FijiBatt, he said would continue to subject itself to danger if they stayed in those areas.

“I’m sure that the UN has done that security assessment and has made the directive to come to the Israeli side of the border and continue to monitor their troops from the Israeli side of the border.”

He reminded Fijians that the peacekeepers work on the UN mandates –

– Maintain the ceasefire between Israel and Syria;

– Supervise the disengagement of Israeli and Syrian forces; and

– Supervise the areas of separation and limitation, as provided in the May 1974 Agreement on Disengagement.

However, the armed elements against the Syrian government are not part of the UN mandate so the FijiBatt are now on the Israeli side monitoring all that is happening.

The civil war itself which has been going on for the last few years between the armed elements and the Syrian government is not part of the UN mandate.

He said the UN made the right decision for the Fiji soldiers to move to the Israeli side of the border which was unoccupied by other elements and it is a much safer situation for our soldiers.

Feedback: maikab@fijisun.com.fj

 



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