Fiji Time: 8:54 AM on Saturday 28 March

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / News

Fiji soldiers negotiate way through stand-off

Tevita Vuibau
Wednesday, May 09, 2012

THE Republic of Fiji Military Forces has commended its troops in Sinai for their professionalism and expertise after they were involved in a stand-off at a Bedouin checkpoint.

A RFMF press statement released by the Ministry of Information yesterday said a Fiji Battalion mobile patrol of six personnel was stopped at a Bedouin checkpoint in Sinai and prevented from carrying out their task.

"The patrol took up their position and reported to the relevant headquarters," said the RFMF.

"In no time reinforcements were organised and the company commander successfully negotiated the opening of the checkpoint and the subsequent passing of our troops and their vehicles."

The RFMF said the negotiation skills of the officers involved ensured the maintenance of safety and security of the Fijian soldiers.

"The established techniques and tactics used by our troops have proven to work in any situation including this particular incident".

"Fijian soldiers have a very good relationship with the locals and at no time were their lives put in harm's way," the RFMF said.

"We (RFMF) assure all families of our troops in Sinai that they confirm to conduct themselves in the most professional manner."

"All are well and their morale remains high," the RFMF statement said.

According to the Multinational Force Observers web site, Fijian soldiers serve a one-year tour of duty, with approximately one-quarter of the Fijian Battalion rotating every three months

The RFMF has a long tradition of supporting UN peacekeeping operations around the world, having been deployed to various global hot spots such as Lebanon, Bougainville, Rhodesia, Kuwait, Sudan, Timor, Iraq, and Sinai.





Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. Fiji start Hong Kong 7s with comfy win
  2. NZ take first step to defending Hong Kong sevens title
  3. Record Hong Kong kicks off with a bang
  4. Hurricanes beat Rebels for 6th rugby win
  5. Lions down Reds 18-17 in Super Rugby
  6. DJs in the city
  7. Medical error
  8. Dinning hall brings sense of comfort
  9. Province plans to visit sons, chief
  10. ITaukei inmates top numbers

Top Stories this Week

  1. Miracle baby Sunday (22 Mar)
  2. Rape on duty Wednesday (25 Mar)
  3. INQUIRY: Baby given wrong injection Friday (27 Mar)
  4. All hope gone Monday (23 Mar)
  5. 'No' to adopted child Monday (23 Mar)
  6. The man who was the champ Monday (23 Mar)
  7. Kepa clarifies position Tuesday (24 Mar)
  8. HK 7s risk Thursday (26 Mar)
  9. Fiji 7s inspires college in win Wednesday (25 Mar)
  10. Strong start Friday (27 Mar)