Fiji says Syrian rebels want compensation, removal from terror list

Islamist fighters who seized dozens of Fijian soldiers serving as UN peacekeepers on the Golan Heights last week are demanding that their group be removed from a global terrorism list and that compensation be paid for members killed in fighting, the head of Fiji's army said on Tuesday.


Brigadier-General Mosese Tikoitoga said negotiations had been stepped up betweenh the Al Qaeda-linked Nusra Front and a new UN negotiation team now in place in Syria.


"The rebels are not telling us where the troops are, but they continue to reassure us they are being well-looked after," Tikoitoga told media in Suva. "They also told us they are ensuring that they are taken out of battle areas."