|Fiji’s military head Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama today urged world leaders to include Fiji soldiers in new peacekeeping missions, a year after he made a similar request. One year on, and still no offers to Fiji, Bainimarama admits that the relationship between Fiji and the United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations(UNDPPKO) has been under strain because of the Fiji Military’s involvement in the Government in 2006.
“It would be less than honest on my part if I did not observe that undue external influence appear to have been brought to exclude Fiji from participation in new peacekeeping missions,” he told the United Nations 63rd General Assembly this morning (9.30am FJ time.) “I express the hope that the opportunity will be extended to us to participate in new peacekeeping missions.
“Fiji’s Military Force has shown that its training and ethics are an asset to peace-keeping operations. “We continue to work very hard to keep intact this exceptional record.”