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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

Notes to correspondents

Note to correspondents on a 15 May incident involving Observer Group Golan

New York, 17 May 2013

The Spokesperson has the following information to provide on the most recent detention of UN peacekeepers in the Golan:

In the early morning on 15 May, a group of unknown armed men broke into UN Observation Post 52, in the area of separation. Three Observer Group Golan* unarmed military observers were taken and held for approximately five hours and were released unharmed. They returned safely to UN Observation Post 52 where they were met by the UN Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) Head of Mission.

[*The Observer Group Golan members were military observers from the UN Truce Supervision Organization (UNTSO).]