Driven solely by the pursuit of peace, Fijian soldiers have braved some of the most dangerous and volatile regions on Earth; their service spans both decades and continents.
This were the words of Prime Minister, Voreqe Bainimarama during the 40th Anniversary of the Fiji-UN Symposium.
The presence of the Head of State, Brigadier General [ Retired ], Jioji Konrote and Prime Minister, Voreqe Bainimarama signifies the important of this occasion.
Former President and RFMF, Commander, Ratu Epeli Nailatikau was also here.
Those who have served under the UN peace-keeping arrangement were here in numbers.
As a former RFMF Commander, Prime Minister, Bainimarama knows what those who served under the UN peace-keeping have gone through.
For this group they have served in some of the toughest assignment in then world.
” They have served in the Middle East, from the Sinai Peninsula, to Kuwait, Iraq, and Syria. In Africa, from Darfur, to South Sudan, Liberia, and Namibia. From as far as Eastern Europe in Bosnia and Kosovo, to as near as our fellow Asia-Pacific nations like Cambodia, Timor-Leste, and the Solomon Islands” Bainimarama.
The legacy of Fijian peacekeepers continues to this day through brave Fijians currently serving as UN Peacekeepers around the world.
” Fijian peacekeepers have stood shoulder-to-shoulder with the finest military forces on the planet, working to build a more harmonious future for the world’s children to inherit.” Bainimarama.
The way past and present peace-keepers have carried out their work remains as our benchmark in the peace-keeping world.