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SUVA, Fiji Islands (May 30, 2002 – Radio Australia)---After 23 years of peacekeeping with the United Nations Interim Forces in Lebanon, Fiji soldiers will finally withdraw from the area in October.

But, the withdrawal may not end Fiji’s long involvement with peacekeeping.

The U.N. says it wants to use Fiji troops in other operations, including Afghanistan and Israel.

Senior military officials say they won’t send troops to Burundi or the Congo, in Central Africa, because of fears over the deadly Ebola virus and HIV/AIDS.

To commemorate their service and remember the lives lost during the operation in Lebanon, the Fiji Cabinet has planned national celebrations to welcome the troops back home.

Thirty-three Fijian peacekeepers lost their lives during 23 years of service in the region.

For additional reports from Radio Australia, go to PACIFIC ISLANDS REPORT News/Information Links: Radio/TV News/Radio Australia.

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