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PM Pays Tribute To Peacekeepers At UN Summit

Prime Minister Voreqe Baini­marama reminded leaders of Fiji’s 40 years of commit­ment towards peacekeeping and the great service it has offered to all Fi­jian families. He made the comments at
27 Sep 2018 12:29
PM Pays Tribute To Peacekeepers At UN Summit
Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama at the High Level meeting on Action for Peacekeeping held at the Trustee Council Chamber, United Nations General Assembly on September 25, 2018. Photo: DEPTFO News

Prime Minister Voreqe Baini­marama reminded leaders of Fiji’s 40 years of commit­ment towards peacekeeping and the great service it has offered to all Fi­jian families.

He made the comments at the High-Level meeting on Action for Peace­keeping held at the Trustee Council Chamber, United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday.

“Today, we honour that great leg­acy of service and all of the lives saved by those courageous men and women peacekeepers in the decades since the first peacekeepers put boots on the ground in areas fraught with violence and conflict,” Mr Bainimarama said.

“This year also marks 40 years of service from Fijian women and men serving in UN Peacekeeping Op­erations. For 40 years, Fijians have made our contribution to defend­ing the defenceless, fighting for the right of people everywhere to live in peace, security and stability.”

Prime Minister Bainimarama added that for 40 years, Fijian peacekeep­ers have served honourably, with courage, discipline and tenacity when tested in the line of duty.

“For 40 years, Fijians have sacri­ficed, leaving behind families and loved ones who anxiously await their return, as they serve a cause larger than themselves, with some making the ultimate sacrifice for the sake of global peace.”

He said Fiji’s contribution to UN Peacekeeping was the pride of eve­ry Fijian because while Fiji may be a small country, Fijians had shown themselves more than willing to do their part to protect the innocent, shield the vulnerable and uphold the basic human rights of all people.

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