13 Mar 2015

Fiji military to learn from Indonesia's army

8:58 am on 13 March 2015

A former senior Fiji military figure, Jone Baledrokadroka, says there is much that the Royal Fiji Military Forces can learn from Indonesia's army.

The comment comes as the two countries have agreed to forge closer military co-operation.

The Foreign Ministers from both countries recently agreed to have greater cooperation in relation to United Nations peacekeeping forces of both countries.

As part of this, Fiji peacekeepers are to undergo training at a centre in Indonesia.

Mr Baledrokadroka says Indonesia's military has extensive peacekeeping experience and that training with them is a natural progression.

"Indonesia has got quite a large military and Fiji is looking at trying to use these Indonesian military facilities, especially in peacekeeping. And other training of course, to do with... in nation-building and rural development, those sort of areas."

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