New York

09 March 2013

Statement attributable to the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General on the release of UNDOF peacekeepers

The Secretary-General welcomes the release of the 21 United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) peacekeepers who had been detained on 6 March in the vicinity of Al Jamla in the area of limitation. He appreciates the efforts of all concerned to secure their safe release.

The Secretary-General 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.  He also calls on them to respect and uphold the protection of civilians.