Quotes: MENA   Enter Symbol: NewsLetter: Search: advanced

UN seeks help to free peacekeepers abducted in Golan  Join our daily free Newsletter

MENAFN - Arab News - 05/09/2014
No. of Ratings : 0
Add to Mixx!



(MENAFN - Arab News) UNITED NATIONS: The UN Security Council called Wednesday on 'countries with influence' to press Al-Qaeda-linked insurgents to release 45 UN peacekeepers from Fiji abducted last week in the Golan Heights.

A press statement approved by all 15 council members after a briefing by UN peacekeeping chief Herve Ladsous again demanded the immediate and unconditional release of the Fijian peacekeepers.

Heavy clashes have raged in the Golan Heights since Syrian rebels captured a border crossing between Syria and Israel near the abandoned town of Quneitra last Wednesday. Fighters from Al-Qaeda's Syria branch the Nusra Front abducted the Fijian peacekeepers and surrounded two Filipino contingents serving in the UN force known as UNDOF the following day.

The Security Council welcomed the news that all the Filipinos were safe and commended the UN peacekeeping mission's quick reaction force for its assistance.

Ladsous told reporters the peacekeepers have shown 'steadfastness and courage' and said the UN is working to obtain the swift and unconditional release of the Fijians.

'We are sparing no effort to obtain the release of the detained peacekeepers' he said but gave no details stressing the importance of 'discretion.'

Fiji commander's Brig. Gen. Mosese Tikoitoga said Tuesday that the Nusra Front has made three demands for the release of the peacekeepers: It wants to be taken off the UN terrorist list wants humanitarian aid delivered to parts of the Syrian capital Damascus and wants compensation for three of its fighters it says were killed in a shootout with UN officers.

The Nusra Front accused the UN of doing nothing to help the Syrian people since the uprising against President Bashar Assad began in March 2011. It said the Fijians were seized in retaliation for the UN's ignoring 'the daily shedding of the Muslims' blood in Syria' and even colluding with Assad's army 'to facilitate its movement to strike the vulnerable Muslims' through a buffer zone in the Golan Heights.

UNDOF was established in May 1974 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 has campaigned for decades for return of the land. For nearly four decades the UN monitors helped enforce a stable truce between Israel and Syria but the Golan Heights has increasingly become a battlefield in the more than three-year-old Syrian conflict.

The mission currently has troops from six countries: Fiji India Ireland Nepal Netherlands and the Philippines. A number of countries have withdrawn their peacekeepers due to the escalating violence.

Fiji's commander says the nation won't abandon its mission in Syria and he is even willing to replace the 45 troops if they need to recuperate if and when they are released.

Ladsous said UNDOF has been strengthened with armored equipment and other military hardware.

'I think it's very important that the mandate of UNDOF which has contributed to stability should continue' Ladsous said.

US Ambassador to the UN Samantha Power also said Wednesday that UNDOF's 'original purpose is still critically important' and that the spillover from Syria's conflict 'only underscores how important it is for us to continue to have observers there monitoring disengagement.'

But Power the current Security Council president said 'there is no question that the circumstances that UNDOF finds itself in are vastly different than anything UNDOF had experienced before.'

She said the Security Council has not heard from the UN secretariat or the commanders on the ground that the mission's mandate needs to be revised. But she said that among council members there is 'great openness to being responsive to the requests from headquarters or from the field ... to make sure that the mission is appropriately tailored to the circumstances on the ground.'

In its statement the council commended the peacekeepers for their bravery in facing the threats and challenges in the volatile area and reiterated its 'unconditional support for UNDOF and the vital role it plays in support of the stability in the Golan Heights.'

The council demanded that all groups abandon areas controlled by UNDOF and the Queneitra crossing and return all vehicles weapons and equipment belonging to the peacekeepers.

 


Arab News




  MENA News Headlines
 Aug 31 2015 - Alleged Ansar Beit Al-Maqdis member killed in CairoDaily News Egypt
(MENAFN - Daily News Egypt) student, named as Ahmed Abdel Hakim, was killed Saturday on suspicion of being a member of the extremist group Ansar Beit Al-Maqdis, the Ministry of Interior ...

 Aug 31 2015 - Egypt- To those who will not read these wordsDaily News Egypt
(MENAFN - Daily News Egypt) I've often stared at a blank page recently, just as blankly as the uniform whiteness looked back at me, as I thought how to smear it with something meaningful. My words ...

 Aug 31 2015 - Egypt- Implementation of 3 roads in national plan progressesDaily News Egypt
(MENAFN - Daily News Egypt) The implementation rate of the three EGP 3.5bn roads that are under construction has increased, as part of the national plan for developing the road network, Minister of ...

 Aug 31 2015 - Egypt- Eni invests $7bn to develop Shorouk in 3 yearsDaily News Egypt
(MENAFN - Daily News Egypt) Italian oil company Eni aims to invest around $7bn during three years to excavate the privilege area of Shorouk in the deep waters of the Mediterranean Sea.The petroleum ...

 Aug 31 2015 - Jordan- 8,000 Syrian refugee students in Mafraq schoolsJordan News Agency
(MENAFN - Jordan News Agency) Some 8,000 new Syrian refugee pupils are enrolled in government schools in Mafraq, joining tens of thousands of Jordanian peers in schools in the northern district as ...

 Aug 31 2015 - India- Flipkart customers to get refund within 24 hours nowKNN India
(MENAFN - KNN India) Flipkart customers will now get refunds as early as within 24 hours of returning the product as the e-commerce giant today launched its instant refund mechanism facility. ...

 Aug 31 2015 - 'Make in India' should also focus on 'Make in India Strategies for Indian healthcare': Jitendra SinghKNN India
(MENAFN - KNN India) India's healthcare sector is expected to be USD 280 billion in size by 2020, growing at a compound annual growth rate of 16 per cent, but it is in "dire need" of right policy ...

 Aug 31 2015 - Jordan- King, Abbas discuss efforts to jumpstart Mideast peace processJordan News Agency
(MENAFN - Jordan News Agency) His Majesty King Abdullah II met Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas Sunday to discuss efforts to kickstart the stalled Palestinian-Israeli peace process and pledged to ...

 Aug 31 2015 - Israeli Occupation Authorities Arrest Two PalestiniansQatar News Agency
(MENAFN - Qatar News Agency) Israeli occupation forces today arrested two Palestinians and caused many citizens to suffocate during the suppression of a peaceful demonstration which started in the ...

 Aug 31 2015 - Reliance Group to explore QatarThe Peninsula
(MENAFN - The Peninsula)The Prime Minister and Interior Minister H E Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani meeting Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Chairman of Reliance Group yesterday in Doha. ...

more...


 






Google

Click to Apply

 
 

Middle East North Africa - Financial Network

MENAFN News Market Data Countries Tools Section  
 

Middle East North Africa - Financial Network
Arabic MENAFN

Main News
News By Industry
News By Country

Islamic Finance News
Private Equity News

How-To Guides
Technology Section

Travel Section

Search News

Market Indices
Quotes & Charts

Global Indices
Arab Indices

Commodoties

Oil & Energy

Currencies Cross Rates
Currencies Updates
Currency Converter

USA Stocks
Arab Stocks
 

Algeria 
Bahrain 
Egypt 
Iraq
Jordan 
Kuwait 
Lebanon
Morocco 
Oman 
Palestine
Qatar 
Saudi Arabia 
Syria
Tunisia 
UAE 
Yemen

Weather
Economic Calendar
Financial Glossary


Financial Calculators

RSS Feeds [XML]

Corporate Monitor

Events

Real Estate
Submit Your Property

Arab Research
Buy a Research

Press Releases
Submit your PR

Join Newsletters


 
© 2014 menafn.com All Rights Reserved.  Terms of Service | Privacy Policy | Contact Us | Advertise | About MENAFN | Career Opportunities | Feedback | Help