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Russia urges UN to give due consideration to Syria’s appeal - Lukashevich

May 31, 2013, 21:02 UTC+3
“The United Nations Disengagement Observer Force on Golan Heights has always been and remains a vital stabilizing factor,” Lukashevich emphasized
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MOSCOW, May 31 (Itar-Tass) - Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich has described as appropriate Syria’s appeal to the United Nations to investigate Qatar’s role in the abduction of peacekeepers on Golan Heights. “The request should be given due consideration,” Lukashevich said on Friday.

The diplomat said that the U.N. peacekeepers had been playing a vital role in preserving regional security on Golan Heights for several decades since 1974, including in periods of dangerous aggravation of tensions in the Middle East.

“The United Nations Disengagement Observer Force on Golan Heights has always been and remains a vital stabilizing factor,” Lukashevich emphasized.

"Therefore, attacks by militants from the Syrian armed opposition at the United Nations servicemen, whom they continually take hostage, have produced an angry and unanimous reaction of the United Nations Security Council, which resolutely condemned those actions,” the Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman said.

“It is clear that those who are trying to prevent the UNDOF from fulfilling its mandate in this way are pushing the region to an explosion,” Lukashevich added.

"In this connection, a public statement of H.E. Bashar Ja’affari, Syrian ambassador to the United Nations, on Qatar’s possible role in the abductions of peacekeepers that have taken place deserves due attention. This is a very serious accusation. We agree that an independent U.N. investigation into these episodes would be appropriate, especially for the future security of staff working at the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force zone and for the creation of conditions for them to fulfill their mission, which is vital under the current circumstances, in full compliance with their mandate,” the Russian diplomat said.

 

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