Security Council condemns intense fighting in 'Area of Separation'

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UNDOF patrol the Golan Heights area. [UN Photo/Inge Lippmann]

Members of the UN Security Council have strongly condemned intense fighting in the Area of Separation, including the attack which led to injuries suffered by two peacekeepers of the UN Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) on Thursday.

They've urged full respect of the disengagement agreement of 31 May 1974.

In a press statement, the members of the Security Council called upon all parties to fully cooperate with UNDOF in good faith to enable it to operate freely and to ensure full security of its personnel.

They expressed their deep concern at the risk that all military activities in the area of separation conducted by any actor pose to the long-held ceasefire and the local population. The members of the Security Council also noted with grave concern that there have been a number of incidents threatening the safety and security of UN personnel in recent months and underscored they would continue to monitor the situation closely.

The members of the Security Council reaffirmed their unconditional support for UNDOF and expressed their deepest gratitude to UNDOF personnel and to troop-contributing countries, including the United Nations Truce Supervision Organization's (UNTSO) Observer Group Golan.

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

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