FIJI ASKS FOR HELP TO RESCUE HOSTAGE HELD BY PIRATES

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Fiji son held along with Tuvaluans off Somalia

SUVA, Fiji (Fijilive, May 27, 2009) – The Fiji Government is seeking international assistance for the release of a Fiji national whose mother claims is being held hostage by Somali pirates.

Vamarosi Mausio said her 31-year-old son, Wayne Suliana, called her and said that he was held hostage along with Tuvaluan nationals as crew members of the Tuvaluan registered ship - "HANSA" since March.

Acting Fiji Prime Minister Ratu Epeli Ganilau told FijiLive that the Foreign Affairs Ministry is holding consultations on the matter with international counterparts.

"Our High Commissions in Brussels and London are liaising with the international community to assist in the release of the hostages," he said.

Fiji PM Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama, who is in Brussels, is also expected to contact ACP and European Union counterparts for assistance in the release of the group held hostage by Somali pirates for a ransom of US$15m.

The Fiji Government is also liasing with the Tuvalu Government on the matter.

Meanwhile, Vamarosi says she has not received and word from her son since two Sundays ago and is concerned that something may be wrong.

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