DESPITE the spillover of tensions and fighting from the conflict in Syria into the area of operations in the Golan Heights, Fijian peacekeepers continue to conduct their duties in a professional manner in challenging conditions.
AndrÃ©-Michel Essoungou, of the Department of Peacekeeping Operations and Field Support, says the presence of the Fijian troop in continuously monitoring and reporting helps to ensure that the UNDOF mission could continue its critical role in the maintenance of the ceasefire between Israel and Syria.
He said UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon had established a UN Mission to investigate allegations of the use of chemical weapons in Syria.
At a press conference at the UN headquarters in New York on Monday, Mr Ban Ki-moon said the mission began its work this week.
Mr Essoungou said the areas under investigation by the mission did not include UNDOF's area of operations.
Meanwhile, Mr Ban said after five months of effort, he was pleased to report that the mission would investigate allegations of the use of chemical weapons in Syria. "As agreed with the government, the team will conduct its activities in the country for up to 14 days," Mr Essoungou said.
Mr Ban said in order to credibly establish the facts, the mission must have full access to the sites of the alleged incidents.