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EDITORIAL :Today, We Salute Our Brave Peacekeepers For Their Exemplary Performance

Corporal Amasai Cou Naivalu of the Republic of Fiji Military Forces represents a very special  group of Fijians. The Vuniniudrovu villager of Naitasiri left for Southern Lebanon with 145 other
19 Oct 2016 11:00
EDITORIAL :Today, We Salute Our Brave Peacekeepers For Their Exemplary Performance
Editorial

Corporal Amasai Cou Naivalu of the Republic of Fiji Military Forces represents a very special  group of Fijians.

The Vuniniudrovu villager of Naitasiri left for Southern Lebanon with 145 other peacekeepers last Sunday for  a one-year tour of duty.

This will be his last assignment in a military career that has spanned 30 years including several peace-keeping assignments in the Middle East.

The 54-year-old member of the Engineers Corps has served with distinction. When he returns home for good in 12 months, he will have  completed a military career he and his family should be proud of.

It is people like him who have been responsible in lifting Fiji’s profile in the international community.

Despite our small size and limited resources, we have risen above these to make our mark on the international stage.

Corporal Naivalu knows that serving in Lebanon is no walk in the park. The fact that in all the peacekeeping missions, Lebanon is where we have recorded more deaths and causalities than any other theatre of war.

While the situation seems to have quietened down in Lebanon, you really cannot rule out any change in the situation.

The Fijian troops’ return to Lebanon after the first mandate expired is a demonstration of the faith that the United Nations places on them.

Their exemplary performance is a symbol of hope that peace can be achieved.

Corporal Naivalu’s and his peacekeeping comrades’ contribution to Middle East and global peace cannot go unnoticed.

Despite trying to resolve our own domestic problems at home, we have maintained our presence in the peacekeeping missions. We continue to fulfill our international obligations over and above what is expected of us.

It reinforces our commitment to world peace. When our leaders speak at international forums, they speak with authority, because of our proud peacekeeping achievements.

Today, we salute Corporal Naivalu and his fellow peacekeepers for their commitment, loyalty and sacrifice to the cause of global peace.

Feedback:  nemani.delaibatiki@fijisun.com.fj

 



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