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RFMF Return To Lebanon Soon

There will be restructure in the Republic of Fiji Military Forces (RFMF) next year. This was confirmed to the Fiji Sun by the RFMF Commander, Brigadier-General Mosese Tikoitoga, after reviewing
13 Dec 2014 08:36
RFMF Return To Lebanon Soon
The Republic of Fiji Military Forces unit during the Commander’s parade at Albert Park in Suva yesterday. Photo: Ronald Kumar

There will be restructure in the Republic of Fiji Military Forces (RFMF) next year.

This was confirmed to the Fiji Sun by the RFMF Commander, Brigadier-General Mosese Tikoitoga, after reviewing his parade yesterdat at Albert Park, Suva.

“There will be structural changes within RFMF next year,” he said.

He did not eleborate on the changes.

Speaking to the 13 detachments on parade yesterday, the Commander said they had done a marvellous work in the last 12 months.

He said they had conbtributed immensely in the new way forward for the nation especiually in the sucessful September election.

Now that the election was over, he said they would continue with their role as clearly stipulated in the 2013 Constitution.

“We have to protect the nation from foreign forces.”

Peacekeeping

On peacekeeping, he said he had just returned from Syria and those at the Golan Heights were well.

As from next year, he said they would be involved in peacekeeping in Iraq, Egypt, Lebanon and Syria.

One hundred and forty-six soldiers will be deployed from Syria to the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL).

“We received a letter of request from UNFIL yesterday (Thursday) and we will soon be informing the Cabinet for the approval.”

He said in Lebanon 40 soldiers lost their lives before Fiji withdrew in 2002, but the RFMF would be back early next year.

“We’re now returning to Lebanon for peacekeeping duties after 13 long years.”

The Commander reminded soldiers and sailors that they should, at all times, be ready physicaly, socially, mentally and spiritually whenever they were required to go for overseas peacekeeping mission.

He warned soldiers and sailors not to be easily tempted by anti-Government groups.

Commenting on the solidarity shown during the parade, the Commander said it was good, but in reality the soldiers and sailors wanted to show why they had wanted to be soldiers.

He wished them well for the Christmas and New Year celebrations.

The parade commander was Land Force Commander, Colonel Jone Kalouniwai.

After the parade, the Commander and his senior staff joined a route march from Albert Park to the Queen Elizabeth Barracks (QEB) in Nabua.

Feedback: maikab@fijisun.com.fj

 



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