3 Nov 2009

Fiji's Land Force Commander Driti told to take break in Iraq

12:27 pm on 3 November 2009

Fiji's Land Force Commander, Colonel Pita Driti, says he has been told by the Military Commander, Commodore Frank Bainiamrama, to take a break.

Colonel Driti is to join Fiji troops on mission in Iraq for six months.

He says it wasn't his personal choice, but that it's a posting he is happy about:

"I think I've undergone a lot of pressure being home with everything that's going on, so my boss decided, you go and have a break, just go the Middle East and be there as contingent commander, six months, take a good break and then come back."

Colonel Driti says he expects to return to his position as Land Force Commander at the end of his deployment.

He does not think his position within the military has been undermined in any way.