Wel­fare of peace­keep­ers pri­ori­tised, says Tawake

Fiji Sun - - Front Page - MAIKA BOLATIKI Edited by Jonathan Bryce Feed­back: maikab@fi­jisun.com.fj

The wel­fare of the Fi­jian sol­diers on peace­keep­ing du­ties has been pri­ori­tised. Com­man­der Humphrey Tawake, the man in charge of Repub­lic of Fiji Mil­i­tary Force’s peace­keep­ing oper­a­tions, said the roles and re­spon­si­bil­i­ties of United Na­tions peace­keep­ing oper­a­tions con­tin­ued to ex­pand. He also said the chal­lenge now was to make them sus­tain­able with the limited avail­able fi­nan­cial and hu­man re­sources, while main­tain­ing their func­tion­al­ity.

In 2014 he said their field al­lowances were in­creased. Now he says they had to look at im­prov­ing their equip­ment. The ar­rival of Rus­sian weapons, he said, was a boost to the RFMF peace­keep­ers. The next ro­ta­tion to the Golan Heights ac­cord­ing to Com­man­der Tawake will see sol­diers armed with the Rus­sian weapons. He said the cur­rent weapons used were out­dated. Sol­diers had been re­minded to stay fit all the time and be healthy.

Fiji’s next peace­keep­ing ro­ta­tion, ac­cord­ing to Com­man­der Tawake, will be to the Si­nai and they will be leav­ing on May 4.

Com­man­der Humphrey Tawake.

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