Fiji to celebrate 40 years of service to the UN

Ministry of Defence and National Security permanent secretary Osea Cawaru, sitting middle, pictured with guests and ex-servicemen during the media launch of the Fiji-UN 40th anniversary at the Ministry of Defence and National Security conference room in Suva on Monday, June 04, 2018. Picture: JONACANI LALAKOBAU

A CHURCH service will be held this Sunday at the Centenary Church in Suva to launch the Fiji- United Nations 40th Anniversary celebration.

This is as Fiji celebrates 40 years of service to the United Nations in providing peacekeepers in missions in war torn countries.

Permanent Secretary for Ministry of Defence and National Security Osea Cawaru said June 10  is a significant day for Fijian peacekeepers as it was on this day 40 years ago, that the Republic of Fiji Military Force sent the first peacekeeping contingent to Lebanon to serve in the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL).

He said the first batch which was about 500 soldiers also had a farewell service held at the Centenary Church on June 10, 1978 before departing for Lebanon.

The program for the nationwide celebration includes celebrations at the Churchill Park in Lautoka on Monday and at Subrails Park in Labasa on Wednesday.

In Suva, celebrations will be held over two days – Thursday and Friday.

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