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Army vows to uphold security

Tevita Vuibau
Thursday, March 06, 2014

THE RFMF will look to continue the good work it set out to do in 2006 under its new commander, Brigadier General Mosese Tikoitoga.

Brig-Gen Tikoitoga said the RFMF would not only work to ensure the safety and security of people in Fiji but also those around the world through their peacekeeping missions.

"We want to ensure the safety and security of the people in Fiji," he said yesterday. "And we also want to continue to work with the UN in ensuring that other people everywhere else in the world can have the same peace that we have in Fiji."

Brig-Gen Tikoitoga said he was humbled to be selected as head of the armed forces.

In an emotionally-charged ceremony yesterday at the QEB barracks, Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama told soldiers that it was not easy to resign his post as commander of the army because it was a job he loved.

He also thanked officers involved in peacekeeping around the world in places including Syria, Sinai, Iraq, Liberia and Sudan.

Meanwhile, Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop praised the handover.

In a statement, she said, "this is the latest in a series of positive developments in Fiji's election preparations, and its return to parliamentary democracy."

"Tikoitoga is a graduate of the Australian Defence Force Staff College and I look forward to Australia restoring full defence co-operation with Fiji."