In a startling amateur fashion Fiji’s military regime has put its own peacekeeping soldiers in grave peril by revealing which side of the Syrian conflict they support.
The revelation comes in an inept story on state Fiji Broadcasting which has Russia promising the 500 Fijian soldiers on the Golan Heights full support in Syria. Russia backs and arms the Bashar Hafez al-Assad regime which is being opposed by an array of rebel groups. Much of the Golan Heights is under rebel control and they will now learn, via Fiji Broadcasting’s Internet site, that the Fijians are with the Russians.
The Fiji Broadcasting story says Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medevdev has endorsed and promised assistance to Fijian troops in the Golan Heights.This was confirmed by Fiji coup leader Voreqe Bainimarama in the Solomon Islands, and a week after his visit to Moscow to watch the Rugby Sevens World Cup. Bainimarama thanked the Russian government for the support.
Russia says it stands by Fiji. Russia's Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, a strong backer of the Assad regime, singled out Fiji's contribution to United Nations peacekeeping efforts and the recent deployment of the first 182 Fijian troops in the Golan Heights as an example of Fiji's continuing commitment to engage with the international community.