FIJI'S commitment to UN peacekeeping remains unwavering.
Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama made this commitment as he delivered his address at the 68th session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York yesterday.
As he noted the island nation's commitment to being a good global citizen, he said this was manifested through its ongoing engagement with the United Nations and its associated agencies and secretariat.
"It is a source of great pride that for a nation of our size, we are able to make a meaningful and significant contribution," Commodore Bainimarama said, alluding to the years of Fiji's involvement in peacekeeping operations.
He said for the past three decades, Fiji had always responded to the call of the UN to serve, including in the most difficult circumstances around the world.
"While fully recognising the risks involved, Fiji's confidence in its peacekeepers prompted us to provide troops to the Golan Heights this year to assist the UN in a time of need," Commodore Bainimarama said.
"The many years of service of Fijian troops in the Middle East region, particularly in Lebanon, Iraq and Sinai, is an asset that our troops take with them to that mission."
Commodore Bainimarama said Fiji also saw police peacekeeping and contributions in the corrections and justice sector as important in building local state institutions that could be run by local authorities once the peacekeeping missions end.
"...And we are building on our many existing commitments in that regard in Liberia, Darfur and South Sudan."