Ban welcomes release of UNDOF peacekeepers
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Saturday welcomed 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.
The Secretary-General said he appreciated the efforts of all concerned to secure their safe release.
In a statement through the Spokesperson's Office, Secretary-General Ban emphasized to all parties the impartiality of United Nations peacekeepers. He called on all parties to respect UNDOF's freedom of movement and the safety and security of its personnel. He also called on them to respect and uphold the protection of civilians.
UNDOF- the UN Disengagement Observer Force- is on the ground to monitor the Disengagement of Forces Agreement between Israel and Syria.