UN renews mandate on Golan Heights monitoring mission

United Nations Disengagement Observer Force has been monitoring a buffer zone in the Golan Heights since a 1974 Syrian-Israeli cease-fire

UN renews mandate on Golan Heights monitoring mission

World Bulletin / News Desk

The United Nations Security Council on Thursday renewed a mandate until July, a UN mission monitoring a 1974 cease-fire between Syria and Israel.

The unanimously adopted resolution also urges the regime and opposition forces in Syria to stop fighting in the UN mission's area of operation.

The United Nations Disengagement Observer Force, known by the initials UNDOF, has been stationed in the Golan Heights, a jagged plateau in southwestern Syria, since 1974 to monitor a disengagement accord between Syria and Israel, which followed the 1967 Arab-Israeli war.

Israel occupied approximately two thirds of the Heights during the initial fighting, and then annexed it in 1981 -- a move never recognized by international community.

In August, 45 peacekeepers with the mission were taken hostage by rebels from the Nusra Front, one of the opposition factions battling Syrian regime forces.

They were released Sept. 11, raising questions about the role and efficiency of the 40-year-old mission.

The force has 930 troops from Fiji, India, Nepal, Ireland and the Netherlands.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 19 Aralık 2014, 11:35