23 Jan 2007

UN hires more Fiji soldiers for duty in Iraq

11:07 am on 23 January 2007

The United Nations has recruited more Fijian soldiers despite opposition from New Zealand and Australia.

Fiji's staff officer for peacekeeping operations, Major Mitieli Moce, has given another 12 soldiers, known as Team One, their UN passports and visas to begin serving as security details for senior UN officials in Iraq.

Major Moce says the UN had advertised the jobs for international bidding and Fiji is proud the UN has accepted its offer.

They will leave for Iraq through South Korea at the end of this month to avoid New Zealand and Australia which have placed travel bans on all members of the Fiji military and senior public servants.

Two more teams from Fiji will leave for Iraq in the near future replacing soldiers currently serving in Iraq.