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RFMF Team For Golan Talks

Fiji’s Ambassador at Large Major-General Ioane Naivalurua leaves tomorrow for New York to put pressure on the United Nations for the safe release of our detained 45 peacekeepers in Syria.
07 Sep 2014 11:14
RFMF Team For Golan Talks

Fiji’s Ambassador at Large Major-General Ioane Naivalurua leaves tomorrow for New York to put pressure on the United Nations for the safe release of our detained 45 peacekeepers in Syria.

A three-member team led by Land Force Commander, Colonel Ratu Jone Kalouniwai, will leave for Syria to be part of the UN negotiation team on the ground. They are waiting  for their visas. Their appointment  follows a directive by the Prime Minister, Voreqe Bainimarama.

RFMF Commander, Brigadier-General Mosese Tikoitoga, said yesterday:

“The Prime Minister has given a directive for us to send a team to the Golan Heights to help in the negotiation for the release of our detained soldiers.

“This shows the support of the Government, especially the Prime Minister who was deeply hurt by the news.”

Brigadier-General Tikoitoga said nothing had changed in Syria and negotiations between the Syrian rebels and the UN were ongoing, and would soon be joined by the RFMF team.

He said they were still in the dark about the location of our detained soldiers, but they had drawn a 50-kilometre area that they suspect our soldiers are being held.

“They can’t cross borders because they’re well guarded,” he said.

Replying to an article claiming the detained soldiers would be tried under the Sharia Law, Brigadier-General Tikoitoga said this could not happen.

“There is an agreement in place that if our soldiers are tried they will be tried in a Fiji Court and under the Fiji Laws,” he said.

Sharia law is the law of Islam, according to Wikipedia.

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