Fiji Time: 6:13 PM on Wednesday 26 November

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / News

380 for the Golan

Nanise Loanakadavu
Monday, July 08, 2013

AN additional 380 Fijian troops will be sent to join the United Nations peacekeeping force in the Golan Heights at the end of this month.

The contingent will link up with the 183 Fijians who have already been deployed in the troubled zone that separates Israel and Syria.

Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama made the announcement at an official dinner in Honiara at the end of the first day of his visit to Solomon Islands.

Commodore Bainimarama also revealed that Russia — a key player in the Middle East — had offered to assist Fiji with deployment of Fijian troops to the United Nations.

He said during his recent visit to Moscow, both Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev and his Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov had endorsed Fiji's participation and offered Russia's help.

He said Fiji was also grateful for the support of its South Pacific neighbours for the deployment and especially its partners in the Melanesian Spearhead Group.

He said his two-year tenure as Chair of the MSG which concluded last month was an exciting time and the organisation had achieved a great deal.

The dinner in Honiara was attended by more than 100 people, including the Governor-General and Prime Minister of the Solomons, government ministers from both countries, diplomats and members of the Solomons and Fijian business communities.

He thanked Solomon Islands for honouring Fiji by inviting him to be chief guest at the celebration tomorrow to commemorate the 35th anniversary of Solomons Independence.





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. Couple return to Fiji after almost a decade
  2. Indecent jokes warning
  3. Medal for a saviour
  4. Man behind the change
  5. Ryan departs for Dubai ahead of sevens team
  6. The real deal
  7. Nanai-Williams opts for Samoa over New Zealand
  8. Eighteen receive Order of Fiji
  9. $67.7m expected
  10. Maritime travel advice

Top Stories this Week

  1. Modi-fied Thursday (20 Nov)
  2. WHAT FIJI WILL GET Thursday (20 Nov)
  3. PM says sorry Thursday (20 Nov)
  4. Big cheer for a PM of good tidings Thursday (20 Nov)
  5. Budget Friday (21 Nov)
  6. Deal on NZ jobs Monday (24 Nov)
  7. Stop the bickering Tuesday (25 Nov)
  8. No regrets Tuesday (25 Nov)
  9. Patel guilty of abuse Friday (21 Nov)
  10. President Xi leaves impression on leaders Monday (24 Nov)