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United Nations - UN Demands Halt To All Military Activity On Golan Heights

Published on: June 27, 2013 12:35 PM
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FILE - United Nations (U.N.) peacekeeping soldiers from Austria drive past an observation tower near the Quneitra border crossing between Israel and Syria, on Israeli-occupied Golan Heights June 12, 2013.  ReutersFILE - United Nations (U.N.) peacekeeping soldiers from Austria drive past an observation tower near the Quneitra border crossing between Israel and Syria, on Israeli-occupied Golan Heights June 12, 2013.  Reuters

United Nations - The U.N. Security Council demanded a halt to all military activity by the Syrian government and opposition fighters on the Golan Heights Thursday and called for stepped up measures to protect U.N. peacekeepers who have been caught in crossfire.

A resolution adopted unanimously by the council extends the mandate of the U.N. force monitoring the disengagement of Israeli and Syrian forces in the Golan Heights until Dec. 31. The force, known as UNDOF, was established following intensified firing on the Israel-Syria border after the 1973 Arab-Israeli war. Israel captured the Golan Heights from Syria in 1967 and Syria wants the land returned in exchange for peace.

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For decades, the Golan Heights remained relatively quiet but in recent months, as the Syrian conflict escalated, it has become a battleground for Syrian troops and armed opposition groups.

Austria announced earlier this month that it would pull out its 377 peacekeepers from the 911-member U.N. force after fighting from the Syrian civil war threatened their positions. Fijian troops will replace them, but the U.N. is seeking additional troops to bring the U.N. force to its authorized strength of 1,250 troops.

The Security Council agreed with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s findings that ongoing military activities by any actor in the area of separation “continue to have the potential to escalate tensions” between Syria and Israel and pose a risk to the local civilian population and U.N. personnel on the ground.

The council stressed the need to enhance the safety and security of peacekeepers and endorsed the secretary-general’s recommendation to enhance the forces’ self-defense capabilities.


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 Jun 27, 2013 at 12:45 PM Geulah Says:

Korea, resolutions failed. Indochina, resolutions failed, Vietnam, resolutions failed, Suez Canal, resolutions failed, 6 day war, resolutions failed, Yom Kippur war, resolutions failed. Lebanon debacles, Checyna and Bosnia, Sudan, and on and on. Reclaim the real estate for low income housing or a playground for after school.

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 Jun 27, 2013 at 01:32 PM haroldk Says:

Syria wants the land back PERIOD. not "in exchange for peace"

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 Jun 27, 2013 at 07:02 PM murray059 Says:

"The U.N. Demands......" ? , and I demand to be made Vice President of the World.... so what of it.

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 Jun 27, 2013 at 07:17 PM hashomer Says:

Let Israel send in troops to that part of the Golan. They know how to handle Syrians.

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