Polish officer appointed new commander of UN Israel-Syria ceasefire force

Secretary-General Kofi Annan has appointed a Polish veteran of United Nations military operations in the Middle East as the new commander of the UN Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF), which has been monitoring the ceasefire between Israel and Syria along the Golan Heights for nearly 30 years.

Security Council extends UN's Israel-Syria disengagement force by six months

The United Nations Security Council today extended through December the mandate of the UN peacekeeping force known as UNDOF, which was established in 1974 to monitor the disengagement of Israeli and Syrian forces in the Golan Heights.

Six-month extension recommended for UN's Israel-Syria disengagement force

With the situation in the Middle East still "very tense and likely to remain so" pending a comprehensive settlement, Secretary-General Kofi Annan has recommended extending for six months the United Nations operation supervising the ceasefire between Syrian and Israeli forces.

Annan concerned that statements about Syria not further destabilize Middle East

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan has voiced his concern that recent statements directed at Syria should not contribute to a wider destabilization in a region already affected heavily by the war in Iraq.