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PM Thanks Families For Their Courage

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama acknowledged the families of the 45 Fijian peacekeepers for their courage during the two weeks when the soldiers they were held captive in Syria. An emotional
13 Sep 2014 13:42
PM Thanks Families For Their Courage
Acting Prime Minister and Minister for Agriculture, Rural and Maritime Development Environment and Waterways Mahendra Reddy with some women from the Senidilo women’s group and government officials at Saqani Village on December 13,2019. Photo: Selita Bolanavanua.

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama acknowledged the families of the 45 Fijian peacekeepers for their courage during the two weeks when the soldiers they were held captive in Syria.

An emotional Mr Bainimarama thanked the families at a meeting at the crisis centre in Vatuwaqa yesterday.

He reassured families that the soldiers were safe and well.

“I thank you for the courage you’ve shown I know the past two weeks has been very difficult for you and you would have been distressed and anxious,” he said.

Mr Bainimarama also praised all those who worked hard to ensure the safe release of our soldiers.

“I would like to thank the military including the group of UN negotiators and our team in New York and here in Suva who worked constantly behind the scenes to produce this outcome as a nation,” he said.

Members of the public from all different faith and religious groups who came together as a nation in prayer were also commended.

“I would like to thank all those who kept these men and their families in their thoughts and prayers. Our men have been released and it’s a joyful day today,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Commander of the Republic of the Fiji Military Forces, Brigadier-General Mosese Tikoitoga informed the families that the soldiers would start undergoing assessments today.

“If you’re wondering whether or not the soldiers would continue with their mission, tomorrow they would undergo assessment and following that they would go through counselling,” Mr Tikoitoga said.

He told the families that once they received a report of the assessment and counselling then they would decide which personnel returns home and who will continue with the mission.

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