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Review the rules

Mere Naleba
Saturday, August 30, 2014

THE Fiji Peacekeeping Veterans Group is now calling on the UN to review the rules of engagement that is applicable to troops serving under the UN Disengagement Observer Force.

The calls came after 44 Fijian troops were captured at their camp — Position 27 — in Quneitra in the Golan Heights in Syria.

The group's spokesperson Taniela Senikuta said the group was equally concerned about the welfare of the 44 soldiers and also their safety.

"From past experience while serving in Lebanon, peacekeeping is no picnic and that peacekeepers are always in constant threat to their lives wherever they serve. Having said that the group is again calling on the United Nations to review the rules of engagement of UNDOF" Mr Senikuta said.

He said the members were well aware of how risky the situation was and the harsh reality of lives could be lost.

"We have always said from the start that any peacekeeping operation whether it be in Lebanon or the Golan we must always expect the risks involved on the ground," he said.

"This incident is a serious reminder to all our peacekeeping troops anywhere in the world wherever they must be to be more vigilant and extra alert when on duty."

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