Fiji's Ambassador-at-Large, Major General Ioane Naivalurua Visits New York
Fiji’s Ambassador-at-Large, Major General Ioane Naivalurua has completed a week’s visit to New York focussed on UN peacekeeping activities. He led the Fiji delegation to the United Nations Special Committee on Peacekeeping Operations that began its 2014 session in New York this week.
Ambassador Naivalurua and Fiji Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Ambassador Peter Thomson, held a bilateral meeting yesterday with the UN’s Department of Peacekeeping (DPKO). The meeting was attended by DPKO’s Under-Secretary-General Hervé Ladsous and DPKO’s Military Adviser Lt Gen Maqsood Ahmed. At the meeting, USG Ladsous expressed the deep gratitude of the United Nations for the prompt and professional manner with which Fiji took up its UNDOF peacekeeping duties in the Middle East in 2013.
The DPKO meeting provided the Fijian Ambassadors with the opportunity to discuss current peacekeeping issues of importance to Fiji, and for them to hear from DPKO an assessment of the current situation and emerging trends in UN peacekeeping demands. The Fijian Ambassadors affirmed that UN Peacekeeping is a central plank of Fiji’s foreign policy, underlining Fiji’s commitment to the international community’s efforts to maintain peace and security.
The Ambassadors also met this week with the UN’s Department of Field Support (DFS) that is responsible for the administration and logistics of supporting UN field missions. They met with DFS’s Under-Secretary-General Ameerah Haq to discuss operational matters affecting Fiji’s UN Peacekeeping deployments in the Middle East and Africa, along with the improvement of support and security conditions.
Separate meetings were also held during the week with the Permanent Representatives to the United Nations and the Military Attachés of India, Ireland, the Philippines and Nepal. Like Fiji, each of these countries is a troop contributing country to UNDOF, and the Fijian Ambassadors used these meetings to discuss matters of common concern regarding the operations of UNDOF and the welfare of its personnel.