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UN: Security Council extends peacekeeping force's mandate

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New York, 30 April (AKI) - The Security Council on Thursday extended the mandate of the United Nations force monitoring the ceasefire in the Golan Heights between Israel and Syria for another six months, the United Nations said.

The top UN decision-making body voiced grave concern that recent events have put the long-held ceasefire in jeopardy amid rising tensions in the region.

In a resolution adopted unanimously, Security Council members agreed to renew through 31 December this year the the UN Disengagement Observer Force, which was first established in 1974.

The resolution calls on both sides to exercise maximum restraint and prevent any breaches of the ceasefire or the area of separation.

In his most recent report on the work of UNDOF, secretary-general Ban Ki-moon described the deaths of civilians during demonstrations in the Golan on 15 May and 5 June as extremely worrying.

Twenty-seven people were reported to have died in the clashes between Israeli security forces and hundreds of protesters.

The 15-membe Sescurity Council echoed Ban's concerns nd urged all parties to cooperate fully with the operations of UNDOF.

The 15 May protests marked the 63rd anniversary of Al-Nakba or “the catastrophe,” the term used by many Palestinians to refer to the expulsion of some 725,000 Palestinians from their homes around the time of the creation of the state of Israel on 15 May, 1948.

The 5 June protests marked An-Naksa or “day of the setback,” which refers to the displacement of Palestinians duriging the Six-Day War in 1967.


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