New York

12 May 2013

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

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.