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Our Prime Minister Makes New Pledge To UN Meet

Fiji would pledge to the United Nations further infantry resources, including reserves for rapid deployment. This was relayed by Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama to a Leaders’ Summit on Peacekeeping organised
30 Sep 2015 11:14
Our Prime Minister Makes New Pledge To UN Meet
Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama speaks at the Leaders Summit on Peackeeping yesterday. Photo: DEPTFO News

Fiji would pledge to the United Nations further infantry resources, including reserves for rapid deployment.

This was relayed by Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama to a Leaders’ Summit on Peacekeeping organised in New York yesterday by the President of the United States, Barack Obama, and United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

Mr Bainimarama said Fiji could provide field engineers for both vertical and horizontal constructions, personal security detail specialists and medical team of doctors and nurses for UN peacekeeping rapid deployment.

He said the summit had come at a crucial time when the international community was looking to the UN for strong and decisive leadership to confront the world’s security challenges, and to ease the suffering of people around the world who were enduring violence, subjugation and the loss of homes and ways of life.

He said the recent terrorist attacks in Sinai by ISIS, which injured three Fijians and four American soldiers, were a wake-up call for everyone.

“Threats of violence, terrorism, and injustice against innocent civilians and children are a global crisis and no country can turn a blind eye to the inhumanity that is taking place,” he said.

He said Fiji was a nation dedicated to peacekeeping.

“The UN peacekeeping was now part of Fiji’s national identity,” he said.

“In spite of being a country of fewer than a million people, its soldiers, police and correctional officers have served in blue helmets all over the world,” he said.

“Fijian blood has been shed for the sake of peace and security and the protection of the innocent in the world’s trouble spots.”

He said he came to the summit to assure the international peacekeeping community that Fiji’s commitment was firm and that Fiji would do more to meet the growing challenges of peacekeeping.

The summit was organised on an invitation-only basis for UN troop contributing countries that were prepared to pledge further commitments to UN peacekeeping.

 

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