Fiji Peacekeepers Could Be Headed To Africa Soon

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Blackrock camp to train army, police and correction officers

By Vuniwaqa Bola-Bari

SUVA, Fiji (Fijilive, Feb. 19, 2014) – Fiji is looking at sending its troops to Africa for peace keeping duties soon.

Minister of Defence, National Security and Immigration Joketani Cokanasiga said the troops would now be known as peace builders in war torn areas.

He said many countries have asked for assistance from Fiji in area of peacekeeping and they are currently looking at the possibility of sending soldiers to Africa.

"Many countries have asked for our assistance to be peace builders in their nations especially from Africa; we’re still looking at Golan Heights and Syria and we might continue if war continues." "War in Iraq is still going and we’re also still looking at it, Libya, Liberia, these are just some of the war torn countries that have sought Fiji’s help in peace building," Cokanasiga said.

He also confirmed that the Blackrock camp in Nadi, near the Nadi International Airport would be used also as a camp to train people in the Army, Police and Corrections departments for peace building.

"We’re slowly shifting away from peace keeping and going into peace building and the Blackrock camp in Nadi is one of the Military’s capital projects.

"We want the Blackrock camp to finish so that we can move training for peace building with our men and this includes the Police and Correction officers," Cokanasiga said.

He said they need to look at ways they could help war torn countries return to proper government leadership.

"This is why we need to move the camp from Namaka because the Blackrock camp is near the Nadi Airport and it will be easier for our men to fly out of the country when an emergency arises from another country, since they will have undergone training," he added.

The Blackrock Camp is expected to be ready by July.

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