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Location Still Unknown

As we enter into the eighth day of our 45 peacekeepers’ being in captivity in Syria, their location is still unkown. This was confirmed to the media by the Commander
05 Sep 2014 08:13
Location Still Unknown
Crew of the new Air Kiribati Embraer E190-E2 aircraft with staff of Toowoomba Wellcamp Airport at the Toowoomba Wellcamp Airport, Queensland, Australia. Photo: Garry Wilkinson Photography

As we enter into the eighth day of our 45 peacekeepers’ being in captivity in Syria, their location is still unkown.

This was confirmed to the media by the Commander of the Republic of Fiji Military Forces (RFMF), Brigadier-General Mosese Tikoitoga yesterday.

“Till today nothing has changed in Syria and we are stil yet to confirm where they are being kept,” the RFMF Commander said.

“We have made several analysis of where they might be, but we’re forever concerned about their exact location.”

He said the negotiators on the ground were trying very hard to increase pressure on the United Nations and the countries that could influence Fiji’s position. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs was working very hard with all Fiji’s missions overseas to put pressure on those that could help the people on the ground.

The Commander said the RFMF was in daily contact with its officers in Syria and with Fiji’s Permanent Representative in the UN, PeterThomson on any information that might come across and to put pressure.

On the demands, he said there were several made by other groups but the three he gave were the official ones and the UN was working on them.

“We can’t rule out the other demands; some can be very strong.”

He said by yesterday they had entered to a lull period; he had queried the UN, and they said that it was normal in such a situation.

He confirmed there was no dealine set on the demands.

They had intelligence people from other countries within the area and they had offered their assistance.

On Fiji’s chances to take over the Force Commander’s post, he said it would not be affected by the current crisis and Fiji stood a good chance.

The Commander however said the main objective right now was the release of our detained peacekeepers.

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