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New Assignment For RFMF

The Republic of Fiji Military Forces (RFMF) has started a new mission with the United Nations Truce Supervision Organisation (UNTSO). The RFMF Land Force Commander, Colonel Ratu Jone Kalouniwai, said
10 Dec 2014 09:35
New Assignment For RFMF
Colonel Jone Kalouniwai.

The Republic of Fiji Military Forces (RFMF) has started a new mission with the United Nations Truce Supervision Organisation (UNTSO).

The RFMF Land Force Commander, Colonel Ratu Jone Kalouniwai, said UNTSO was an old organisation but was new to RFMF.

He said Major Aseri Rokoura, who was at the Prime Minister’s Office, had started with UNTSO in Lebanon.

“We currently have not got any new offer for peacekeeping mission but the new one is the United Nations Truce Supervision Organisations the UNTSO,” Colonel Kalouniwai said.

According to Wikipedia, UNTSO is tasked with supervising armistice agreements between Israel and its Arab neighbours. Its headquarters is in Jerusalem and it currently operates in five Middle Eastern countries: Israel, Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, and Egypt. UNTSO’s military observers and administrative staff also support the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) and the UN Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF), provides monitoring teams to patrol the Sinai in Egypt and Israel, and maintains liaison offices in Beirut, Lebanon (UNLOB), and Damascus, Syria (UNLOD). As the UN’s longest-running peacekeeping mission, UNTSO continues to fulfill its original mandate, mediating and ensuring peace between Israel and its neighbours.

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama  visited UNTSO after his visit to the  Golan Heights troops at Camp Ziouani, Israel.

Colonel Kalouniwai said those at Camp Ziouani were preparing themselves and could be instructed to return to the Golan Heights or could be deployed somewhere else like the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNFIL).

The RFMF sent its first deployment on a UN peacekeeping operation as part of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) in 1978 and withdrew in 2002. Altogether, there were 35 Fijian fatalities during the UNIFIL mission.

Fiji’s Major General George Konrote commanded the UNIFIL in 1998 and 1999.

“There can also be other options but they are ready for them,”

Colonel Kalouniwai said they could be given the task to maitain security on the Israeli side of the border.

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