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Return To Qana

The 42 Fijian soldiers who died while on duty with the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) were remembered last Thursday. The Commander of the Republic of Fiji Military
01 Mar 2015 11:04
Return To Qana
The Commander of the Republic of Fiji Military Forces, Brigadier-General Mosese Tikoitoga, visited the Fijian area of operations in Lebanon last Thursday.

The 42 Fijian soldiers who died while on duty with the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) were remembered last Thursday.

The Commander of the Republic of Fiji Military Forces (RFMF) Brigadier-General Mosese Tikoitoga visited the Fijian area of operations (AO) in Lebanon last Thursday after flying in from the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

In remembering the lives of the 42 Fijian soldiers that lost their lives while serving under the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL)  from 1978 to 2002, Commander Tikoitoga also visited the memorial site at Qana and laid a wreath.

“It was a very emotional occasion to visit the Fiji camp site where the April 18, 1996 First Qana massacre took place to which the Israeli Defence Force fired artillery shells at a United Nations compound. Of the 800 Lebanese civilians who took refuge in the compound, 108 civilians were killed and around 106 were injured. All Fiji soldiers survived the ordeal,” said Land Force Commander Colonel Qiliho, who updated Fiji Sun yesterday.

The Commander and his delegation led by the Minister of Defense Timoci Natuva had earlier held defense talks with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Armed Forces.

RFMF Land Force Commander Colonel Sitiveni Qiliho said the meeting gave the Commander an opportunity to visit Fijian troops at the UN position 2-45.

Commander Tikoitoga also met with United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) Chief of Staff, Colonel Jone Kalouniwai of Fiji and the Commanding Officer, Major-General Purna Chandra Thapa of Nepal.

“CRFMF successfully had a meeting with UNIFIL HQ and the troops are settling in well. Currently they are under training and will begin operations on March 3,  2015.”

The trip to Lebanon was hailed a success because there were also discussions held with the UNIFIL Headquarters on Fiji’s re-engagement into UNIFIL.

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