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SUVA, Fiji Islands (January 4, 2000)---The Fiji Military Forces will send 185 officers to join international forces headed for East Timor.

The Fiji contingent will fly out on Sunday morning for Darwin, Australia, where it will link up with a five-member advance party that left the country last month.

The main body is under the command of Major Kepa Buadromo, the rifle company commander.

The five-member advance party, led by Commander Lesikivatukoula, is already with INTERFET (International Forces in East Timor).

Final preparations are now under way for the main group to join them.

The Fiji Military Forces yesterday confirmed that an Air Pacific flight has been contracted by the Australian government to transport the Fiji contingent to Darwin on Sunday.

Farewell engagements have been planned for the contingent.

A farewell church service was held yesterday.

The President, Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara, will review a farewell parade on Thursday at Albert Park at 8:00 a.m.

The contingent is scheduled to leave Queen Elizabeth Barracks in Suva on Sunday at 3:00 a.m. and is scheduled to fly out for Darwin at 8:00 a.m.

The contingent is being sponsored by the Australian government under the approval of the United Nations.

For additional reports from Fiji’s Daily Post, go to PACIFIC ISLANDS REPORT News/Information Links: Other News Resources/Fiji Live.

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