(MENAFN - Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)) The United Nations Security Council was briefed Wedenesday by Under-Secretary General for Peacekeeping Operations Herve Ladsous on the situation of UNDOF peacekeepers in the Golan Heights.
The Council members condemned once again in the strongest terms the detention of 45 Fijian peacekeepers by Al-Nusra Front (ANF), a UN-designated terrorist organization.
They also reiterated the call for the peacekeepers' immediate and unconditional release, confirming "there can never be any justification for attacks on or the detention of UN peacekeepers." Furthermore, they welcomed the news that all Filipino peacekeepers are now safe, commended the efforts of UNDOF's Quick Reaction Force, and insisted that UNDOF's mandate, impartiality, operations, safety, and security must be respected.
Moreover, they demanded that all groups other than UNDOF must abandon all UNDOF positions and the Quneitra crossing point, and return the peacekeepers' vehicles, weapons, and other equipment.
The Council also commended UNDOF's peacekeepers for their bravery in facing the threats and challenges in their area of operation, and called upon all parties to cooperate with them in "good faith" to enable it to operate freely and to ensure full security of its personnel.
Countries with influence should strongly convey to those responsible in order to immediately release the peacekeepers, the Council members urged.
They reaffirmed their unconditional support for UNDOF and the vital role it plays in support of stability in the Golan Heights.
On his part, Ladsous confirmed to the press that with the latest developments and the increasing number of incidents, the goal remains the immediate release of the detained peacekeepers.
"No details" is to be given he said, confirming discretion is vital in this matter.
He appraised the role played by the UNDOF in displaying courage and responsibility in this latest issue, and confirmed that some adjustments were made in reconfiguring some positions due to security reasons.
Furthermore, the UN official confirmed that the UNDOF tripled the number of equipment to "best guarantees" of well performance.