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Nasik Swami
Saturday, August 30, 2014


Leader, Ro Teimumu Kepa

"OUR thoughts and prayers are with each and every one of our 44 peacekeepers of the Fiji Military Forces held captive on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights.

We pray also for their families and loved ones. I intend to call the Commander of the RFMF to express directly to him our deep concerns and support for efforts by the UN to resolve this crisis.

Through the media we have heard from the UN spokesman that the situation is very fluid and everyone is concerned.

Under these worrying circumstances I am asking us all to unite, put politics aside, stop what we are doing for the moment and pray for the safe deliverance of those in captivity. They are children of Fiji. They are family."


Leader, Mahendra Chaudhry

"FIJI Labour Party has expressed its concern at the safety of 44 Fijian soldiers on peacekeeping duties at the Syrian Golan Heights who have been captured by armed troops.

We call on the authorities here to take immediate action, through the United Nations, to negotiate their safe release. It is a distressing situation and their families here should be kept fully informed of developments on the case."


General secretary, Aman Ravindra-Singh

"WE are hoping for this impasse to be resolved as a matter of urgency and troops to be returned to safety. We are confident that the UN will be able to take our troops out to safety from the situation that they are in."


President, Tupou Draunidalo

"I CALL on the nation to remember and pray for its 44 peacekeepers who are in the Golan Heights and currently being held captive by rebels, as news of their capture broke this (yesterday) morning in Fiji.

In moments of anxiety like this when sons and daughters of Fiji are on the frontlines of peacekeeping, their safety and wellbeing becomes the main priority and we urge the nation to keep them in their prayers.

The negotiation efforts by both the RFMF and the international community should be further intensified so that their safe release be realised sooner."

Fiji United Freedom Party

Leader, Jagath Karunaratne

"WE should come together as a nation in comforting the families and loved ones of the soldiers who are now in capture and pray for their safety and safe return home.

It is unfortunate to be part of any kind of violence or war irrespective of the reasons or nature and while we see the importance of being part of the efforts of United Nations — we strongly condemn any form of violence against humanity."

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