“It’s an honour and a privilege to be here with all of you to close this Symposium on Fiji’s commitment to UN Peacekeeping Operations, especially as we mark the 40th year anniversary of Fijian peacekeeping efforts around the world. Your theme “Fiji’s Sacrifice for Global Peace” could not be more poignant or more appropriate, as Fiji has indeed given a great deal for the sake of global peace. As a result, countless of vulnerable people have been kept safe the world over, and that legacy has been the pride of generations of Fijians.”
These were the remarks of the Hon. Prime Minister at the closing of the Peacekeeping Symposium at the Grand Pacific Hotel in Suva. The Symposium was a celebration of Fiji’s commitment to Global Peace and highlighted key issues surrounding peacekeeping operations over the last four decades. The Panel of Presenters included the Permanent Representative to the UN; Ms. Osnat Lubrani (United Nations Resident Coordinator) and Your Excellency Ratu Epeli Nailatikau (Former President of Fiji); Hon. Voreqe. Ever since 1978, ‘Fijian Peacekeepers have served in the Middle East, from the Sinai Peninsula, to Kuwait, Iraq, Syria, Africa from Darfur to South Sudan, Liberia and Namibia, Eastern Europe in Bosnia and Kosovo, Asia Pacific nations like Cambodia, Timor-Leste, Solomon Islands and they have sacrificed, persevered, brought immeasurable honour, glory and pride to our great nation all for ‘global peace and security’.