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Camp Faouar Return Likely

United Nations troop contributing countries serving under the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) may return to their initial base camp situated on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights.
27 Jul 2015 09:31
Camp Faouar Return Likely
The Ministerial tour group led by Minister for Defence Timoci Natuva with Fijian officers serving in the Golan Heights. Photo: RFMF Media Cell

United Nations troop contributing countries serving under the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) may return to their initial base camp situated on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights.

This includes Republic of Fiji Military Forces personnel and soldiers from India, Ireland, Nepal, Netherlands and the Philippines.

The planned move was revealed to Defence Minister Timoci Natuva and his delegation during their visit to the Golan Heights yesterday.

The Ministerial tour group was briefed by the Irish army and the 1 Fiji Infantry Regiment (1FIR) on the different types of armour being used.

This, they said was particularly important as the troops prepared the planned return to Camp Faouar and other UN remote sites, on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights.

In September last year, the UN had withdrawn its peacekeepers from many positions on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights because of escalating fighting in the war between Syrian government forces, rebels and terror groups.

The UN decision followed the release of 45 Fijian peacekeepers who were held captive by fighters from the al-Qaeda-linked Nusra Front.

Also on the Middle East tour are Commissioner of Police Ben Groenewald, and RFMF Land Force Commander, Colonel Sitiveni Qiliho.

Colonel Qiliho confirmed the planned move but said that it may take years before anything eventuates.

“It may eventuate in three to five years depending on the situation on the ground.”

Last Friday Mr Natuva was accorded a quarter guard by Fijian peacekeepers serving in the Golan Heights.

The delegation also took a tour up Mount Bental, which overlooked Syria, including the vacated UN positions.

This week the delegation will visit Sinai, before heading for South-Sudan.

Feedback: rosi.doviverata@fijisun.com.fj

 



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