8 Sep 2014

Al-Nusra cuts communication with negotiators

8:15 am on 8 September 2014

Fiji's military commander says a Syrian rebel group holding 45 Fijian soldiers captive in the Golan Heights has cut communication with UN negotiators.

Commander Brigadier General Mosese Tikoitoga told Fiji media over the weekend that negotiators are working hard to re-establish contact with the al-Qaeda affiliated group, Al Nusra.

He says he's been informed it is normal for negotiations to stall at times and he expects the rebel group to make contact again soon.

He says the peacekeepers' location remains unknown.

Al Nusra has given no deadline for the UN to meet its three demands for their release which are: removal from the UN terrorist list, humanitarian aid, and compensation for three rebels who died in a shootout with UN officers.

An update on the situation which had been expected this morning by Commander Brigadier General Mosese Tikoitoga has been cancelled.