Fiji retracts claim release of UN peacekeepers imminent

Fiji on Wednesday retracted a claim that 45 UN peacekeepers being held hostage in the Golan Heights by Syrian Al-Nusra Front rebels were about to be released, blaming a communications mix-up.

AFP| Updated: Sep 10, 2014, 06:55 AM IST

Suva: Fiji on Wednesday retracted a claim that 45 UN peacekeepers being held hostage in the Golan Heights by Syrian Al-Nusra Front rebels were about to be released, blaming a communications mix-up.

"I don`t think so... someone has misinterpreted," government spokesman Dan Gavidi told AFP when asked if posts on official social media feeds on Wednesday morning trumpeting the impending release were correct.

The government later deleted the posts and released a statement saying negotiations with the rebels were continuing.