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Fijian Peacekeepers Safe But Still High Alert In South Sudan

A total of 27 Fijian peacekeepers and peacebuilders serve in the United Nations Mission in the Republic of South Sudan (UNMISS) operation. They are from the Republic of Fiji Military
15 Jul 2016 11:25
Fijian Peacekeepers Safe But Still High Alert In South Sudan
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A total of 27 Fijian peacekeepers and peacebuilders serve in the United Nations Mission in the Republic of South Sudan (UNMISS) operation. They are from the Republic of Fiji Military Forces, Fiji Police Force and the Fiji Corrections Services.

They remain on high alert after Sunday’s deadly shooting between opposing local military forces in Juba.

Seven of our peacekeepers took shelter at the UN House in Juba, the capital.

Commissioner of Police Brigadier-General Sitiveni Qiliho said they have been in constant contact with their officers on the ground.

“Fijian peacekeepers have assured us that they are safe and we have been communicating with our officers every day to know the status of South Sudan.

“We have also been in contact with our Military and Police liaison officer/adviser at the Office of the Permanent Representatives of the United Nations, Colonel Manoa Gadai and our High Commissioner to Ethiopia, the former Military Commander Tikoitoga, who’s behind the scene in relations to the safety and well-being of our policeman and military officers there,” Brigadier-General Qiliho said.

Since Sunday, two Chinese UN peacekeepers and hundreds of South Sudan nationals have died as a result of the ongoing battle.

 

Edited  by Rosi Doviverata

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