Fiji Time: 9:44 AM on Saturday 30 July

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / News

45 detained

Siteri Sauvakacolo
Tuesday, September 02, 2014

THE 45 Fijian soldiers detained by Islamist militants have access to basic human needs — food, water and medical supplies — and are all reported to be in good health.

The reassurance from the RFMF Commander Brigadier General Mosese Tikoitoga followed continuous negotiations between authorities, the UN and the rebel group Al- Nusra which has links to Al-Qaida.

He confirmed the number of soldiers detained was 45 after a recount.

Brig-Gen Tikoitoga emphasised in a statement yesterday that the situation surrounding the Fijian peacekeepers remained unchanged.

He said they were co-ordinating closely with the UN for their safe release.

As of Sunday, he said the military had started selection of soldiers to replace those detained.

According to Al Jazeera, the Al-Nusra group conditioned the release of the remaining 45 soldiers from Fiji on the transferring of humanitarian aid to the Ru (clan) in the Ruta area of the embattled Syrian capital Damascus.

Brig-Gen Tikoitoga said the RFMF remained committed to the UNDOF mission and had begun selection for replacements of those detained should they undergo traumatic experiences and need to return home.

The Al-Nusra Front told Aljazeera it reached a deal to secure the release of a group of UN peacekeepers held captive in the Syrian side of the Golan Heights.

Brig-Gen Tikoitoga is expected to give another update today following several meetings yesterday.








Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Westpac
Code Inward TTs Outward TTs
CAD 0.64150.6225
JPY 51.982948.9829
GBP 0.36900.3610
EUR 0.44000.4280
NZD 0.69550.6625
AUD 0.65310.6281
USD 0.48960.4726

from

$0.00

Exchange Rate updated on 29th July 2016

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. 36pc for him
  2. Day off for players
  3. We are slaves, PM told
  4. Warning against hate posts
  5. PM draws TV trial period
  6. NFP issues challenge
  7. Tiko warns 'lazy' tutors
  8. State defends cane payment
  9. MIDA slams report
  10. Father sent to jail

Top Stories this Week

  1. Tourist fined $400 for apples Tuesday (26 Jul)
  2. Fitter and faster Tuesday (26 Jul)
  3. Student jumps from school building Tuesday (26 Jul)
  4. Black money Monday (25 Jul)
  5. Mum rises above limits Wednesday (27 Jul)
  6. Allegiance switch Sunday (24 Jul)
  7. Alleged rape victim out of hospital Monday (25 Jul)
  8. Reaction from 7s players Monday (25 Jul)
  9. Chilling out in Chile Thursday (28 Jul)
  10. Alarm over 'illegal' property purchases Tuesday (26 Jul)