7 Sep 2015

Fiji peacekeepers likely in Haiti

2:27 pm on 7 September 2015

Fiji's police force is awaiting cabinet approval to send officers to Haiti as part of a United Nations peacekeeping operation.

The commissioner, Ben Groenewald, says the UN requested a deployment to the Caribbean country last month, and 23 of his officers have been selected to go.

A Fijian UN peacekeeper looks through binoculars at an Israeli post from the Al-Labbouneh hill near Naqoura on the Mediterranean coast 30 July 2000 where fifty Fijian troops took up position.

Fijian UN Peacekeepers have served all over the world. Here, one of fifty Fijian troops posted on the Mediterranean coast looks through binoculars at an Israeli post. Photo: AFP/Ramzi Haidar

The UN mission to Haiti was first deployed in 2004 after the country's president, Jean-Bertrand Aristide, was forced out of office by an armed rebellion.

The mission was extended following a massive earthquake in 2010 than killed well over 100,000 people.

Mr Groenewald says he isn't yet clear on what exactly his officers will be doing in Haiti.

"I cannot say correctly what the need for the deployment is, but as I understand there are upcoming elections and they might be deployed for pre-election and post-election periods."

Fijian peacekeepers injured in Sinai

Meanwhile Two Fijian peacekeepers remain in an Israeli hospital after being injured by a roadside bomb on northern Sinai.

The pair who are members of the Multinational Force were injured with four other US soldiers in two separate roadside bombing incidents on Thursday.

FBC news reports they were conducting supply and recovery convoys in Northern Sinai, where the multinational force's North Camp is located.

The six soldiers were medically evacuated by air to hospital in Israel with non-life threatening injuries, and they are reported to be in a stable condition.

Fiji's Land Force Commander Colonel Sitiveni Qiliho says the security situation in parts of the Sinai Peninsula is evolving and they are monitoring it closely.

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