54 police officers and soldiers arrived from Fiji Friday morning to join peacekeeping forces in Sinai and to replace international troops, whose stint guarding the area has ended.
An official source at Cairo International Airport said, "Fijian police officers flying in on South Korea Airlines finished their arrival procedures and will be transported to Sinai to begin their mission."
Officers from eleven countries have been stationed in the strategically key area since 1981, as part of the Camp David Accord signed between Egypt and Israel 1971, following the Israeli occupation of Sinai.
The 1,800 troops, which are headed up by Italy, monitor and supervise the region, ensuring that no violations of the agreement occur and that security is maintained.
The peacekeeping force has representative offices in Cairo and Israel in order to monitor Egypt-Israeli borders.