Commander of the Republic of Fiji Military Forces Visits New York
The Commander of the Republic of Fiji Military Forces (RFMF) Brigadier General Mosese Tikoitoga has today concluded a productive schedule of meetings at the United Nations in New York. Yesterday in the company of Fiji's Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Ambassador Peter Thomson, Brigadier Tikoitoga met with the Under- Secretary-General of the UN's Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO), Mr Hervé Ladsous.
USG Ladsous warmly thanked the RFMF Commander for Fiji's ongoing provision of Fijian military personnel to man the various difficult peacekeeping operations in which they are involved in the Middle East and Africa. The Commander assured USG Ladsous that he will convey the UN's thanks to the Government of Fiji and to Fijian peacekeepers in the field.
The discussions at DPKO addressed the peacekeeping resources that will be required for existing and future UN peacekeeping operations. Discussions also covered the training and equiping of peacekeepers to properly prepare them for the increasingly complex task of peacekeeping.
Brigadier Tikoitoga and Ambassador Thomson held meetings with Director Antonella Caruso of the UN Department of Political Affairs to discuss conditions in the UN Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI), for which the RFMF provides the Guard Unit. Discussions addressed the forthcoming rotations of personnel, visa requirements and welfare of Fiji's personnel at UNAMI.
While in New York, the RFMF Commander also held meetings with other sections of the Department of Peacekeeping Operations, along with Ambassadors and officials at the United Nations.
Brigadier Tikoitoga leaves New York today for a tour of Fiji's UN peacekeeping operations in UNAMI, UNDOF, MFO (Sinai) and UNMISS (South Sudan).