UN calls for armed groups to leave Golan 'area of separation'

UN resolution calls for Syrian military, opposition forces to cease fighting, retreat from Golan Heights.

AFP, Arutz Sheva Staff,

UNDOF peacekeepers (file)
UNDOF peacekeepers (file)
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The UN Security Council on Friday unanimously renewed for six months its mission to observe
the ceasefire in the Golan Heights, calling for armed groups to leave the Syria-Israel border area.

UNDOF, which comprises nearly a thousand personnel, was created in 1974 after an agreement on the departure of Israeli and Syrian forces from Golan.

Part of the Golan belongs to Israel, while another part is controlled by Syria. Currently, the only fighting in the Golan occurs on the Syrian side of the border and is due to the Syrian civil war.

"There should be no military forces in the area of separation other than those of UNDOF," reads the resolution drafted by the United States and Russia.

The text condemns "the continued fighting in the area of separation" and calls on "all parties to the Syrian domestic conflict to cease military actions in the UNDOF area of operations."

It "stresses the obligation on both parties to scrupulously and fully respect the terms of the 1974 Disengagement of Forces Agreement."

"There should be no military activity of any kind in the area of separation," either by the Syrian military or opposition forces, it said.




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