Two Fi­jians hon­oured at UN in New York

Sec­re­tary-Gen­eral Ban Ki-moon will lay a wreath to hon­our all fallen peace­keep­ers in­clud­ing Isoa Bon­awai and Joell Daveta

Fiji Sun - - Nation - ROSI DOVIVERATA rosi.doviverata@fi­jisun.com.fj

Two fallen Fi­jian civil­ian peace­keep­ers will be hon­oured at a cer­e­mony at the United Na­tions head­quar­ters to­day. Isoa Bon­awai served at the United Na­tions As­sis­tance Mis­sion in Iraq while Joell Daveta was with the United Na­tions – African Union Mis­sion in Dar­fur, Su­dan.

This is the eighth suc­ces­sive year in which the Or­gan­i­sa­tion will hon­our more than 100 “blue hel­mets” who have lost their lives the pre­vi­ous year while serv­ing the cause of peace. UN Sec­re­tary-Gen­eral Ban Ki­moon will lay a wreath to hon­our all fallen peace­keep­ers. He will award the Dag Ham­marskjöld Medal to 128 mil­i­tary, po­lice and civil­ian per­son­nel who lost their lives while serv­ing in peacekeeping op­er­a­tions dur­ing 2015.

In his mes­sage, Sec­re­tary-Gen­eral Ban Ki-moon said: “On this Day we hon­our our he­roes – the more than one mil­lion men and women who have served un­der the United Na­tions flag with pride, dis­tinc­tion and courage since the first de­ploy­ment in 1948. And we pay our high­est trib­ute to the more than 3400 peace­keep­ers who have lost their lives while in ser­vice dur­ing that pe­riod.” Edited by Naisa Koroi

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