Home leave for mission troops

SOLDIERS deployed on overseas missions can return home for holidays during their leave, says Minister for Defence Timoci Natuva.

Mr Natuva said this was mainly for those serving under the United Nations Disengagement Observers Force in the Golan Heights.

He said since the first contingent joined the UNDOF mission in 2013, they had been returning home for vacation.

“That’s normal. Since the first contingent, they have been returning to Fiji for holidays and return nearing the end of their leave because I think they have enough money for that. Their allowance alone is about $44,000,” Mr Natuva told this newspaper.

Fiji joined the UNDOF mission after Croatia and Austria decided to pull their troops out from UNDOF amid intensifying violence. The UNDOF mission has troops from Fiji, Philippines and India.

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