UNDOF Praises Fijian Troops’ Performance In Golan Heights

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Lt. general says Fiji should be proud of peacekeeping soldiers

By Reginald Chandar

SUVA, Fiji (Fijilive, Oct. 3, 2013) – Fiji has exceptionally well-trained professional soldiers who are among the world’s best United Nations peacekeepers, according to the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF).

Head of Mission and Force Commander at Camp Ziouani, Golan Heights, Lieutenant General Iqbal Singh Singha made the comment while welcoming Fiji’s resident ambassador to the United Arab Emirates, Robin Nair, yesterday at a one day event known as the "Ambassadors and Defence Attachés Day. He said the attitude and personality of Fijian soldiers lend substantially and positively to the difficult work in the Golan Heights. "It is a pleasure for me to work with such high quality soldiers. Fiji should be proud of their men and women in uniform and for the great contribution they are making to regional peace," Lt. General Singha said. Nair said the Fijian troops make the country tall in international peace-keeping efforts and he paid tribute to the government for such pro-active contribution to world peace. The Fiji Battalion carries the maximum number of troops in the Golan Heights and also covers the most volatile operations on both sides of the border between Syria and Israel. Commanding officer, Lieutenant Colonel Sitiveni Qiliho is also commanding the Nepalese contingent, bringing the number under his command to around 600 soldiers.

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