Secretary-General welcomes release of detained peacekeepers in the Golan Heights

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Peacekeepers with the UN Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) patrol the Golan Heights between Syria and Israel

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the release of four peacekeepers with the UN Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF).

The peacekeepers, members of a battalion from the Philippines, had been captured last week by armed elements while on patrol in the Golan Heights where UNDOF is monitoring a decades-long ceasefire between Syria and Israel.

In a statement issued on Sunday by his spokesperson, Mr. Ban expressed appreciation for assistance from Qatar and others involved in securing their safe release.

Mr. Ban called on all parties to respect the force's freedom of movement and the safety and security of its personnel.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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