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   Government of the Republic of Fiji

  Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    A Better Fiji through Excellence in Foreign Service

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Media Release

UN Calls for Fijian Peacekeepers in Syria

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6th May, 2012: The United Nations has requested of the Republic of Fiji Military Forces (RFMF) support for the UN Supervision Mission in Syria (UNSMIS). 

The RFMF, which has decades of experience working with the UN on peacekeeping deployments, will be sending eight senior officers to Syria to serve among an estimated 100 international observers throughout flashpoint cities, which include Damascus, Idlib, Homs, Hama, and Daraa. 

“Fiji is proud to be able to once again support the cause of peace in the world,” said Fijian Prime Minister Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama. 

“Fiji welcomes the strong confidence of the United Nations in the peacekeeping abilities of Fijian military forces, and we as a nation welcome the opportunity to offer our military forces to aid a settlement to the Syrian conflict.”

The RFMF has a proud international reputation with a long tradition of supporting UN peacekeeping operations around the world, having deployed to various global hotspots such as in Lebanon, Bougainville, Rhodesia, Kuwait, Sudan, Timor, Iraq, and Sinai. Fijian military forces are expected to deploy to Syria for a period of one year, beginning 8 May 2012.