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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.





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