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Fijians In South Sudan Safe, Assures Natuva

Our peacekeepers in South Sudan are safe despite the rising tension there, assures Minister for Defence Timoci Natuva. Fourteen are serving there, including five from the Republic of Fiji Military
08 Aug 2015 14:54
Fijians In South Sudan Safe, Assures Natuva

Our peacekeepers in South Sudan are safe despite the rising tension there, assures Minister for Defence Timoci Natuva.

Fourteen are serving there, including five from the Republic of Fiji Military Forces and the nine from the Fiji Police Force.

Mr Natuva said the tension had escalated between factions loyal to President Salva Kiir, and those aligned with his former vice-president, Riek Machar.

Mr Natuva said right now the RFMF was conducting its threat analysis daily.

He has just returned after a tour of all the Fijian peacekeeping missions. He said because the safety of the officers was paramount, there were two options now available.

One was for the Commander RFMF to order a pullout and the other was for Government to prepare a caveat.

From his part, he said he had already prepared the caveat.

“Once it is needed, I’ll present it to Cabinet for approval before sending it over to New York,” he said.

Elaborating on the caveat, he said this would mean that the Fijian officers in South Sudan would be pulled out from the red zone and would go to the green zone which was the headquarters at Juba, the capital of South Sudan.

Mr Natuva said he was very proud of our peacekepers.

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