A new company of Fijian soldiers has arrived in the Lebanon to serve with the peace-keeping forces deployed there.
A new company of Fijian soldiers has arrived in the Lebanon to serve with the peace-keeping forces deployed there. They will replace the Fijian troops already attached to the United Nations Interim Force (UNIFIL).
SYNOPSIS: The Fijians arrived in Beirut on Tuesday (19 June). They were met by senior UNIFIL officers, who were waiting to brief the Fijian Commanding Officer on the current situation in Southern Lebanon.
The Fijians have gone to the Lebanon less than a week after the United Nations Security Council voted to renew the UNIFIL mandate for another six months. It will now expire on December the nineteenth. Fiji is one of eight countries which contribute to the peacekeeping force. There are now five thousand, eight hundred U.N. troops deployed in the Lebanon. The U.N. force was set up in nineteen-seventy-eight to check on the withdrawal of Israeli troops who entered Southern Lebanon to attack Palestinian guerrilla bases.
The Fijians, who were decked with their traditional garlands of flowers, help restore the Lebanese Government's authority in the south where the Lebanese Christian militia control a strip of territory along the border with Israel. After the airport formalities, one of the first tasks of the Fijian Commanding Officer was to discuss the situation with the Lebanese Prime Minister Selim Hoss.