14 Nov 2015

Demand in Fiji for UN to pay up for peacekeeping

5:08 pm on 14 November 2015

The Fiji opposition says the United Nations owes Fiji tens of millions of dollars and should pay up.

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Fiji's shadow foreign minister, Ratu Isoa Tikoca, says the UN owes Fiji US$138 million dollars for peace keeping duties, going back a decade.

He says Fiji has outlayed US$194 million dollars for the peacekeeping operations but has been repaid less than a third of that.

Ratu Isoa says more than 40 percent of the Fiji population is living below the poverty and if the UN paid up it could cut unemployment levels in half.

Ratu Isoa says Fiji has always 'punched above' its weight when it comes to war and peacekeeping and the least the UN can do is pay for the services rendered by their troops.

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