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Viliame Naupoto Pays Tribute During UN Peacekeepers Day

He said the day offered a chance for all to pay tribute to the armed forces and civilian personnel’s invaluable contribution to the work of the United Nations.
30 May 2019 16:16
Viliame Naupoto Pays Tribute During UN Peacekeepers Day
Members of the Diplomatic Corp from Australia, New Zealand, United States of America, China and Indonesia with the Commander of the Republic of Fiji Military Forces, Rear Admiral Viliame Naupoto along with invited guests who were present during the United Nations Peacekeepers Day ceremony at the Black Rock Camp in Votualevu, Nadi, on May 29, 2019. Photo: Rohit Kumar

For millions of civilians in conflict affected situations around the world, peacekeeping is a necessity which provides enduring hope.

These words, by United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres, were reiterated yesterday by the Commander of the Republic of Fiji Military Forces, Rear Admiral Viliame Naupoto, during the United Nations Peacekeepers Day ceremony at the Black Rock Camp at Votualevu in Nadi.

He said the day offered a chance for all to pay tribute to the armed forces and civilian personnel’s invaluable contribution to the work of the United Nations.

Since 1984 when the UN began peacekeeping operations, 3800 peacekeepers have lost their lives, including 98 last year.

The theme for this year is ‘Protecting Civilians, Protecting Peace to mark the 20th anniversary since the UN Security Council mandated a peacekeeping mission (UNAMSIL in Sierra Leone) to protect civilians.

Rear Admiral Naipoto said more than 90 per cent of UN peacekeepers were serving in peacekeeping operations today in Dafur, Congo, Haiti, Lebanon, Mali and South Sudan.

“These peacekeepers put themselves in harm’s way to protect civilians from violence every day,” he said.

In the wreath laying

Members of the Diplomatic Corp from Australia, New Zealand, United States, China, Indonesia, the wife of a fallen solider and Mr Naupoto did their part in honouring the soldiers who have lost their lives through their service of their country.

Students were invited to learn and witness the peacekeepers operation through a demonstration.

The demonstration showed students and guests what the UN Peacekeepers went through in their operation using the various weapons.

A display of equipment, weapons and information was on show for students to better understand what the UN Peacekeeping mission operations is about.

Edited by Percy Kean

Feedback: rohit.kumar@fijisun.com.fj



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