Statement attributable to the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General on the release of UNDOF peacekeepers
New York, 12 May 2013
The Secretary-General welcomes the release of the four United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) peacekeepers who had been detained on 7 May in the vicinity of Al Jamlah in the area of limitation. He appreciates the assistance of Qatar and of others involved in securing their safe release.
The Secretary-General again emphasizes to all parties the impartiality of United Nations peacekeepers. UNDOF is on the ground to monitor the Disengagement of Forces Agreement between Israel and Syria. The Secretary-General calls on all parties to respect UNDOF’s freedom of movement and the safety and security of its personnel.
Statements on 12 May 2013