Fiji Times Logo

Fiji Time: 7:05 AM on Wednesday 3 September

/ Front page / News

Tour of duty

Nasik Swami
Tuesday, May 27, 2014

WHILE tension in the war-torn Golan Heights continues to build, Fiji is ready to send the next battalion of soldiers to the country to maintain peace.

Confirming this in an interview yesterday, Republic of Fiji Military Forces Land Force Commander Lieutenant Colonel Jone Kalouniwai said the soldiers had started training to leave the country next month.

"We have to send over 432 soldiers. They went through the first week of training last week which was basically fixing up the administrative issues," Lt-Col Kalouniwai said in an interview.

"Today (yesterday), we have the first lot of 240 plus that have gone down to Blackrock in Nadi to start with their training."

He said the batch of soldiers would replace the 501 serving in the Golan Heights under the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force.

"It's a replacement program, we have one battalion there and we are sending another battalion.

"The battalion goes in, they do the rotation, the guys who are currently in the Golan Heights will return to Fiji."

Lt-Col Kalouniwai said the soldiers were looking forward to taking on their responsibilities.

"It's just that we are currently preparing for the next rotations and the soldiers this side are looking forward to taking the responsibilities of the Fijian battalion at the Golan Heights.

"And those at the Golan Heights are looking forward to coming back home to meet their families."


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. 45 detained
  2. Teen's ice bucket death
  3. Nusra demands compensation, aid, for release of soldiers
  4. Filipino force defied UN commander in Golan crisis
  5. Ban assures Fiji
  6. Accident claims another life
  7. Family dispute leaves one dead, two in hospital
  8. Suburb housing project offers 210 flats
  9. UN demands release of captured Fijian soldiers
  10. Unique desserts shop opens

Top Stories this Week

  1. Van Gaal unhappy Wednesday (27 Aug)
  2. Commander confirms captured soldiers 'safe' Friday (29 Aug)
  3. Police act Wednesday (27 Aug)
  4. Show of support Thursday (28 Aug)
  5. Going Golan Monday (01 Sep)
  6. Dad tells of heartache as son is buried Wednesday (27 Aug)
  7. Rebels take our soldiers Saturday (30 Aug)
  8. Tough but right Monday (01 Sep)
  9. Police assault claim Thursday (28 Aug)
  10. Military not taking sides Monday (01 Sep)