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Soldiers' jobs secure

Nanise Loanakadavu
Monday, January 21, 2013

FIJIANS who are among the British Army soldiers serving in Afghanistan will not be affected when the United Kingdom force level in the middle east country reduces to around 5200 by the end of this year.

British Army support officer based with the British High Commission in Fiji Major Jim Hall made these comments following the announcement to reduce the level of presence in Afghanistan as announced by UK Prime Minister David Cameron over the weekend.

Major Hall however, said that did not necessarily mean that British Army serving in Afghanistan would leave the Force.

"We are pulling out from Afghanistan because we are no longer required to police their country," Major Hall said.

He said Afghanistan police and army would instead provide the services.

Major Hall reassured that Fijians serving in the frontline would return to their base in England.

"This does not mean they will leave the Force but they will return to their respective base in Germany and UK," he said.

The British Army official website reported that yesterday's announcement comes as the initial reduction of UK force levels from 9500 to 9000 was achieved with service personnel who were due to return home in time for Christmas.