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40th Anniversary of Peacekeeping Contribution Launched at Ministry

Preparations are underway for a week-long celebration to mark 40 years of Fiji’s participation in peacekeeping missions around the world. Ministry of Defence and National Secu­rity Permanent Secretary Osea Cawaru
05 Jun 2018 11:00
40th Anniversary of Peacekeeping Contribution Launched at Ministry

Preparations are underway for a week-long celebration to mark 40 years of Fiji’s participation in peacekeeping missions around the world.

Ministry of Defence and National Secu­rity Permanent Secretary Osea Cawaru held a media briefing on the Fiji-United Nations Peacekeeping 40th anniversary yesterday.

Fiji has been participating in Peace­keeping Operations with the United Na­tions Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) since June 10, 1978.

Fiji’s UNIFIL deployment was the first deployment of Fijian troops to a peace­keeping mission.

This year marks 40 years of Fiji’s par­ticipation not only in the UNIFIL, but in the peacekeeping deployments around the globe.

The theme for the commemoration programme is ‘Fiji’s Sacrifice for Global Peace’.

Mr Cawaru said the peacekeeping mis­sions had played an integral role in Fiji’s development.

He said in Fiji’s perception, peacekeep­ing was an important Foreign Policy in­strument for the nation.

“Fiji’s long history of peacekeeping commitment, in addition to its contribu­tion to global peace, has over the years been a source of income and socio-eco­nomic development for the respective families and communities of soldiers involved,” Mr Cawaru said.

“Peacekeeping has also played an im­portant role in leveraging Fiji’s relations with its strategic partners.

“It has assisted greatly in securing technical and development cooperation for Fiji’s security forces as well as other areas of mutual interest.”

He said the Government through the Ministry of Defence and National Secu­rity had put in place plans to commemo­rate this auspicious occasion.

Edited by Percy Kean

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