Fiji to send 55 more peacekeeping troops to Iraq

08:50, June 29, 2011      

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The Fijian cabinet on Tuesday endorsed the immediate deployment of 55 additional peacekeeping troops to Iraq, bringing its total strength to 278 of all ranks.

Since December 2004, Fiji has been committing peacekeeping troops to Iraq.

The cabinet said in a statement that the approval was made in response to calls by the United Nations (UN) to assist the government of Iraq in dialogue and national reconciliation efforts.

To ensure security transition after the withdrawal of the U.S. forces by December 2011, request has been made for Fiji to contribute additional troops to assist UN.

The Fijian government reaffirms its commitment to world peace and reiterates its willingness to provide troops for peacekeeping, says the statement.

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