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No demand deadline

Nasik Swami
Friday, September 05, 2014

THE al-Qaida affiliated al-Nusra Front that has 45 Fijian soldiers in captivity has not set a deadline to its demands.

Despite mounting pressure from the international community, Military Commander Brigadier General Mosese Tikoitoga said negotiations were still underway.

At a press conference yesterday, Brig-Gen Tikoitoga said the RFMF would continue to put pressure on the UN to speed up the negotiation process.

"No deadline for the demands as yet, we have not been given any timeline to meet their demands.

And with today being the eighth day in captivity, Brig-Gen Tikoitoga said the situation had not changed.

"We are still yet to confirm where they are actually located although we had several analysis of where they may be but we haven't confirmed the actual position.

"We now have the negotiators on the ground working for us and we are also trying very hard that we increase the pressure on UN and the countries that can influence our position in Syria."

He confirmed the Foreign Affairs Ministry was working with Fiji missions overseas to put pressure on those that could have some effect on the people on the ground.

Brig-Gen Tikoitoga said they would also use intelligence assets from other countries that had heavy presence in Syria to locate the soldiers.

"Not only Australia, but we have also had offers from other countries that have intelligence assets in that area or those that can bring to bear the intelligence assets of other countries in the area and we are using them.

"We are pushing information to them for verification and they are giving us the information that we want but mainly for clarifications of something that we receive."

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