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RFMF, Red Cross Continue Partnership

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRS) will continue to work with the Republic of Fiji Military Forces (RFMF) in providing peacekeeping training courses to equip Fijian soldiers with
14 Nov 2015 12:08
RFMF,  Red Cross Continue  Partnership
AG Christine Beerli after discussions on close cooperation including capacity building

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRS) will continue to work with the Republic of Fiji Military Forces (RFMF) in providing peacekeeping training courses to equip Fijian soldiers with International Humanitarian Law (IHL) before they are deployed for peacekeeping missions overseas.
ICRC vice-president Christine Beerli, who is here for a three-day visit, said one of their tasks was to give training to Police and armed forces personnel around the world, including Fiji.
IHL, also known as the laws of war and the law of armed conflict, is the legal framework applicable to situations of armed conflict and occupation, reports Wikipedia.
RFMF Acting Commander, Rear Admiral Viliame Naupoto welcomed the support after meeting Ms Beerli yesterday.
“We received a positive feedback from the military leader after our meeting and it is our duty to continue with what we are doing,” Ms Beerli said.
“The training mainly consists of teaching them rules of international humanitarian laws which are applicable in the entire context of peacekeeping work.
“Training courses will be given to peacekeeping units in Fiji which are going to be deployed into countries like Syria and Lebanon. This is very important because it is an absolute added value to peacekeepers because they come under the international humanitarian law where it is applicable. It is very important that they are well versed with these rules.
“We are giving courses together with the Fiji armed forces where our specialists’ mainly former officers from military institutions, and at the same time specialists in international humanitarian law, are brought in to facilitate the courses,” she said.



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