A majority of Security Council members on Wednesday stressed the importance of upholding international law regarding the occupied Golan , in the face of the unilateral move by the United States to recognize Israel’s sovereignty over them.
The United Nations chief has called for an immediate halt to all hostile acts and provocative actions to “avoid a new conflagration” in the Middle East, following reported exchanges of artillery fire over the Golan Heights.
The situation in the Golan Heights has been “generally quiet” recently, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says in a new report, which warns that the overall region remains tense and a United Nations force observing the ceasefire between Israel and Syria should stay on for another six months.
Citing tension in the Middle East, Secretary-General Kofi Annan has recommended a six-month extension of the mandate of the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) observing the ceasefire between Israeli and Syrian forces in the Golan Heights.
With the withdrawal of Canadian support troops from the United Nations force in the Golan Heights (UNDOF), Secretary-General Kofi Annan and the Security Council today agreed to an offer from India to provide military personnel for the long-running mission.