RFMF concerned with non-consultative approach taken by the Govt in its decision to disapprove the UN resolution on Gaza - Major General Kalouniwai
We call on Govt to reevaluate its decision - Commander

RFMF concerned with non-consultative approach taken by the Govt in its decision to disapprove the UN resolution on Gaza - Major General Kalouniwai

We call on Govt to reevaluate its decision - Commander

By Vijay Narayan
Tuesday 31/10/2023
Commander of the Republic of Military Forces, Major General Ro Jone Kalouniwai

The Commander of the Republic of Military Forces, Major General Ro Jone Kalouniwai says the RFMF expresses its deep concerns with the non-consultative approach taken by the Government of Fiji in its recent decision to disapprove the United Nations resolution on Gaza.

In a statement, Major General Kalouniwai says it is disheartening to see a decision taken without due consideration for the potential impact on the safety and well-being of our brave men and women in uniform.

He says this decision has significant implications for the safety and security of the RFMF troops currently deployed in the Middle East.

The Commander says the RFMF acknowledges the government's prerogative to make decisions regarding international affairs; however, they firmly believe that consultation with relevant stakeholders, including the RFMF, is essential when determining positions on critical matters such as the UN resolution on Gaza.

Major General Kalouniwai says the decision to disapprove the resolution without prior consultation has raised concerns about the potential risk and danger faced by our troops in the region.

He says the RFMF has a proud history of contributing to international peacekeeping efforts, including deployments to the Middle East.

The Commander says our troops have consistently displayed professionalism, dedication, and a commitment to upholding the values of peace and security.

Major General Kalouniwai says the RFMF urges the government to recognize the importance of inclusive decision-making processes, particularly when matters have significant implications for our military personnel.

He says consultation with the RFMF and other relevant stakeholders is crucial to ensure a comprehensive understanding of the potential risks and to develop a well-informed position that aligns with our commitment to peacekeeping efforts and the protection of our troops.

He further calls upon the Government of Fiji to reevaluate its decision regarding the UN resolution on Gaza and consider the potential consequences for our troops deployed in the Middle East.

Major General Kalouniwai says their safety and security should remain a top priority, and it is crucial that their contributions to international peacekeeping efforts are fully supported and respected.

The RFMF Commander remains committed to working constructively with the government to address this issue and to ensure that the interests and well-being of our troops are safeguarded.

He says they believe in the power of open dialogue, collaboration, and informed decision-making to achieve the best outcomes for Fiji and its military forces.

We have sought a response from Prime Minister, Sitiveni Rabuka and Minister for Home Affairs, Pio Tikoduadua.

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