UN Peacekeeper Authorities Impressed With Fijian Troops

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501 Fiji soldiers currently assisting UN in Syria

By Mereani Gonedua

SUVA, Fiji (Fijilive, August 1, 2013) – Fijian troops have quickly adapted in Golan Heights, Syria and their discipline and commitment has impressed the United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations.

UN department of peacekeeping operations spokesman Kieran Dwyer told FijiLive the 501 soldiers have all arrived safely into Syria and the Mission is close to its full mandated number of troops, which is 1,250.

"The Mission and the Department of Peacekeeping Operations is very pleased with the way that the Fijian troops have quickly adapted to this challenging environment and is getting on with this important job," Dwyer said.

"The Fijian troops are engaged in the Mission's work on monitoring the ceasefire between Syria and Israel, which has been a critical element in regional peace since 1974," he said.

"Due to the security situation in the area of operations in the context of the internal conflict in Syria, the Mission has adjusted the way it fulfills its monitoring tasks. This means that Fijian troops are monitoring both parties to the ceasefire mostly from static monitoring positions."

"The Mission reports any allegations of breaches of the ceasefire, and liaises between the parties when necessary, in particular to lower tensions and prevent any potential flare-ups."

The last batch of Fijian soldiers left the country last Saturday.

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