Sept. 11, 2014 – Forty-five Fijian troops serving with the UN’s Golan observer mission were released on Thursday after two weeks in captivity.
“Today at 1430hrs local time, the 45 Fijian peacekeepers who had been detained were handed to UNDOF at Position 80,” [see map] the UN spokesperson’s office in New York said in an email to reporters. “All the 45 peacekeepers are in good condition and will proceed back to Camp Foar for medical assessment.”
Ban Ki-moon welcomed the release of the troops who were taken by Al Nusra from Position 27 on August 28th.
“The Secretary-General emphasizes to all parties the impartiality of United Nations peacekeepers. UNDOF is on the ground to monitor the Disengagement of Forces Agreement between Israel and Syria,” his office said in a statement. “The Secretary-General demands that all parties respect UNDOF’s mandate, freedom of movement and the safety and security of its personnel.”
– Denis Fitzgerald
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Photo: Courtesy of UN Press Office