Australia welcomes the release of Fijian peacekeepers

September 12, 2014 5:07 am

Australia has welcomed the unconditional release of 45 Fijian peacekeepers detained since the 28th of last month.

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop says she commends the courage and bravery of the peacekeepers and the strong support shown by their families and friends in Fiji during this difficult time.

Bishop also commended the Fiji Government for its resolute commitment to ensuring the release of its soldiers and for its handling of the situation.

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She acknowledged the efforts of Fijian Foreign Minister Inoke Kubuabola who travelled to the Middle East to secure their release.

Australia was pleased to provide assistance and support to Fiji including through our global intelligence network.

The peacekeepers had been serving with the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) in the Golan Heights.