The multicultural diversity of United Nations Assistance Mission in Darfur was displayed on the occasion of the Pacific Islands and Mongolia UNPOL Medals Parade in recognition of their peacekeeping service late last month.
Fijian Police officers make up 13 of the 23 UNAMID serving officers, with 2 from Mongolia, 3 from Samoa and 5 from the Solomon Police.
It was also an auspicious occasion as Fiji’s Ambassador to Ethopia and AU H.E (Brig-Gen) Mosese Tikoitoga was present to mark the achievements of the officers.
The occasion officiated by the Deputy Joint Special Representative (DJSR) Mrs. Bintu Keita also recognized the first Royal Solomon Islands Police Force Peacekeeping Contingent to be deployed to Darfur or any other United Nation Peacekeeping Mission.
Fijian Contingent Commander Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Tomasi Baba, on behalf of the medal recipients, expressed their gratitude to the United Nations in recognizing the work of the officers for their dedication to duty, professionalism and their contribution towards the overall achievement of UNAMID mission and the sacrificial giving of life for the people of Darfur.
Addressing the Medals recipients Fiji’s Ambassador to the Ethiopia/AU Ambassador Tikoitoga said it was a humbling experience to see Pacific Peacekeepers from Small Island Nations honored for their contribution to the work of peace in Darfur.
The Deputy Joint Special Representative Mrs. Bintu Keita in her speech said she was inspired by the presentations of the universality of the UN and was inspired by the Fiji Ambassador words about one family and same values as depicted in this parade.
A “Tabua” was presented to thank the UN followed by two lively “meke” performances in which the three Pacific Contingents performed led by the Northern Darfur Sector Commander, Superintendent Vilisi Waqavesi.