10 Sep 2014

Syrian rebels to release Fiji UN soldiers

11:41 am on 10 September 2014

Fiji's military commander Brigadier General Mosese Tikoitoga says 45 Fijian soldiers held by a Syrian rebel group should be released sometime this week.

The Fiji government says the release of the peacekeepers, who were seized by the rebels in the Golan Heights two weeks ago, will be unconditional with all demands dropped.

Fiji Live reports Brigadier General Tikoitoga as saying this comes as a result of friendship Fiji has built over the years through its peacekeeping duties which has not gone unnoticed by the Syrian people.

The website reports Fiji's ambassador at large, Iowane Naivalurua, is in New York helping with the negotiations and three more senior Fijian army personnel led by Land Force Commander Lieutenant-Colonel Jone Kalouniwai departed today for Syria.

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Photo: AFP