Moceica: Time to remember sacrifices

From left, President Jioji Konrote, Paul Manueli and Ratu Epeli Nailatikau propose a toast at the 40th Anniversary of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) cocktail function at Borron House on Saturday night. Picture: ATU RASEA

THE week-long celebration of the 40th Anniversary of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) was a fitting occasion to remember those who have sacrificed their lives in the line of duty.

This was highlighted by the deputy secretary for Defence and National Security, Ilai Moceica during a reception hosted by the President Jioji Konrote and the First Lady for the 40th Anniversary celebrations at Borron House in Suva on Saturday.

Mr Moceica said the celebrations gathered current and ex-servicemen who throughout last week reflected on peacekeeping missions over the past 40 years.

“This is such a magnificent event, it has ended with the President of the Republic of Fiji Jioji Konrote, the First Fijian, Royal Fiji Military Forces then Commander Colonel Paul Manueli and also the former president Ratu Epeli Nailatikau here for this occasion,” Mr Moceica said.

Mr Moceica said over the past 40 years, Fiji army had not only contributed to world peace, but also towards nation building.

“It is such a memorable and moving occasion because this is where we remember Fijian peacekeepers gone on the call of duty soon after Fiji gained independence,” he said.

“For a very good reason to go and extend peace throughout the world.”

Mr Moceica, on behalf of Government, acknowledged the participation of different stakeholders who had a role in the week-long celebrations.

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