PM commends Fiji’s brave peacekeepers

Warrant Officer Class II Simione Roqica (front) with fellow ex-servicemen during Fiji’s 40th anniversary celebration march for our participation in the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) at Churchill Park in Lautoka. Picture: REINAL CHAND

THE Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama has commended the efforts of every soldier who was part of peacekeeping operations since 1978 as Fiji celebrates Fiji’s 40 years of service to the UN peacekeeping operations in war torn countries.

Mr Bainimarama said the legacy of serving in UN peacekeeping operations had not been built without sacrifice and Fiji had paid the high price with more than 60 Fijian peacekeepers losing their lives.

“For the past 40 years, Fijian peacekeepers have defended the defenceless, protecting innocent civilians and children in areas around the world fraught with danger and conflict,” Mr Bainimarama said.

“Our peacekeepers carry on a proud Fijian legacy that stretches as far back as the first World War. As for over a century, Fijians have answered the call of the vulnerable, bravely risking their lives for the sake of peace, wherever and whenever the need has arisen.”

Mr Bainimarama said Fijian peacekeepers have sacrificed, persevered and have brought immeasurable honour, glory and pride to the nation.

He said Fijian peacekeepers braved some of the most dangerous, volatile regions.

“Through their sacrifice, they’ve brought peace to people in peril.

“They have helped heal regions of the world that have been deeply scarred by violence, terror and division,” he said.

“And they have shown the great strength of the Fijian spirit to the world through their courage, their discipline and their commitment to the mission of global peace and security.”

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