As a result, the Finance Ministry had to write to all government Ministries asking them to indentify and allocate any amount their respective budgets had to help fund the deployment of the soldiers.
Dated 8th July 2013, the memo is signed by the Finance Ministry Permanent Secretary Filimone Waqabaca.
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It says “this is an unbudgeted yet priority commitment of Government; hence Ministry of Finance will need to look for funds from within the approved 2013 budget to fund the UNDOF mission this year.”
The Finance Ministry Permanent Secretary further states “Ministry of Finance is requesting the support of all Ministries and Departments to start identifying funds from within your approved 2013 budget to be redirected to fund these critical extra budgetary requirements of Government.”
At the time, the military dictatorship had not revealed how much money was needed to send these soldiers overseas.
Either way, to fund this trip, selected projects, that would have benefited Fijians, might have had to be shelved to redirect the budgetary allocation for the RFMF soldiers.
A total strength of around 500 Fijian soldiers is now serving under the banner of the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) in the Golan between Syria and Israel.