43 Fijian peacekeepers held captive by Syrian rebels

A Syrian rebel group has captured 43 Fijian peacekeepers from the UN Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) Friday 29 in Golan Heights after forcing them to surrender their weapons.

The Fijian Prime Minister, Voreqe Bainimarama, said on Friday that talks were under way to release the hostages and they were believed to be safe.

"I want to assure the families of the soldiers we are doing everything possible to secure their safe return," he said.

"The latest information we have is that they are safe and I can say now that the negotiations for their release have already begun."

In a statement issued by United Nations’ Secretary Ban ki Moon, he called for the immediate release of the detained peacekeepers, as well as for the immediate lifting of the restrictions on the movement of the Force.

The Security Council made a similar call in a press statement: “The members of the Security Council demanded the unconditional and immediate release of all the detained United Nations peacekeepers and called upon all parties to cooperate with UNDOF in good faith to enable it to operate freely and to ensure full security of its personnel.

“They called on countries with influence to strongly convey to the armed members of the opposition in the UNDOF area of operation to immediately release the peacekeepers.”

UNDOF peacekeepers were previously detained by armed elements in March and May of 2013 and were released safely.

“The United Nations is making every effort to secure the release of the detained peacekeepers, and to restore full freedom of movement of the Force throughout its area of operation,” UN Spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric told reporters in New York today.

Peacekeepers serving with UNDOF monitor the 1974 disengagement accord between Syria and Israel after their 1973 war. In June, the Security Council extended the mission’s mandate until 31 December 2014.

As of 31 July 2014, there are 1,223 peacekeepers from six countries – Fiji, India, Ireland, Nepal, Netherlands, and the Philippines – serving in UNDOF.

2 COMMENTS

  1. Kuo hanga ‘e he kau fakafepaki Silia ‘o puke ha kau sotia fakamelino Fisi ‘i he feitu’u koi a ko Golan Heights i he vaha’a ‘o ‘Isileli mo Silia  ‘i he ‘aho Falaite 29 hili ia hano fakamana’i ke laku  ‘enau me’atau.

    Kuo fakaha foki ‘e he palemia Fisi, Voreqe Bainimarama he Falaite ‘oku lolotonga fai ‘a e talanoa ke tuku ange mai kinautolu kuo puke popula ‘a ia ‘oku ne tui ‘oku nau malu pe.

    Ko e lea ‘eni ‘a Bainimarama ‘o fakaha ‘ene fakalotolahi ki he ngaahi famili ‘o e kau sotia ko ‘eni.

    Kuo hu mai foki ‘a e Sekelitali ko ia ‘a e Pule’anga Fakatahataha ‘o fakaanga’i lahi ‘a e kau puke fakamalohi ko ‘eni mo ne ui ke tuku ange mai ‘a e kau sotia ni.

    ‘Oku lolotonga hoko foki ha kulupu ‘o ha kau fakafepaki Silia oku ‘iloa ko e Islamic State militants  ke ne tohoaki’i  e tokanga ‘a mamani koe’uhi ko e  ngaahi tamate fakalilifu ‘oku nau fai ‘i Silia  mo ‘Iulaki ‘o iku ki he tuku hola ‘a e kakai laka hake  ‘i he toko tolu miliona ‘o toi ki he toafa. ‘Oku te’eki fakapapau’i pe ko e kulupu fakafepaki fe ‘eni ‘oku nau puke ‘a e kau Fisi ka ‘oku pehe pe ‘oku ‘i ai ‘enau piki ki he ‘Alakaita.

    Na’e toe feinga puke ‘e he kau fakamalohi mo ha kau tau Filipino ka ne matengata’a e kau sotia ia ko ‘eni ‘o ‘ikai luva ‘enau me’atau ka nau fehangahangai kinautolu ‘o iku ki he tau fana.

    Na’e ‘i ai ha kau ngaue fakamelino ‘a e Pule’anga Fakatahataha ne puke fakamalohi’i ‘i Ma’asi mo Me ‘o e 2013 pea ne iku pe ‘o tuku ange hao mai kinautolu.

    Ko e talu mei he 1974 e ngaue atu ‘a e kau tau fakamelino ki he feitu’u ko ‘eni hili ia e  tau ‘a ‘Isileli mo Silia he 1973. ‘I Sune ne toe fakaloloa ‘e he Va’a Malu’i ‘a e Pule’anga Fakatahataha ‘a e misiona ko ‘eni ke toki ngata ki Tisema 2014.

    I he’ene a’u mai ki Siulai 2014 ‘oku ‘i he kau ngaue fakamelino ‘e toko 1,223 mei he ngaahi fonua ‘e ono ‘a ia ko – Fisi, ‘Initia, ‘Ailani, Nepolo, Netaleni mo Filipaine ‘oku nau faifatongia ma’a e Pule’anga Fakatahataha he feitu’u ni.

  2. OOOOPOOR Fijian infantry lah age enau manavahe henau ilifia o laku meatau tau lotu kainga ke fk haofi fanga tokoua ko eni

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