27 Jun 2013

Bainimarama says dangerous mission ahead for Fiji peacekeepers

11:22 am on 27 June 2013

Fiji's prime minister Commodore Frank Bainimarama says Fiji peacekeepers heading to the Golan Heights could be facing their most dangerous mission so far.

He says the 180 soldiers have a difficult task ahead but they are well-prepared.

The Fiji contingent will replace troops from Croatia, Japan and Austria who have pulled out due to fighting spilling over from the Syrian conflict.

The Commodore says some may be wondering why Fijians are going when others are pulling out.

He says answering the call to restore peace is the most honourable task a soldier can perform.

Commodore Bainimarama says Fiji is willing to provide up to 500 troops and will consider further requests to provide more soldiers to the area.