A Syrian Government spokesman said on Sunday (27 April) that Damascus has agreed to extend the mandate of the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) ON THE Golan heights for another two months.
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Background: A Syrian Government spokesman said on Sunday (27 April) that Damascus has agreed to extend the mandate of the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) ON THE Golan heights for another two months. It had been due to expire on 30 May.)
On Monday 35 foreign newsmen were taken on a tour of the United Nations' units patrolling the Golan Heights between the Syrian and Israeli forces.
They heard the UN commander -- Colonel Hannes Philipp of Austria -- say the situation was calm.
UNDOF has 1,200 troops from 16 countries spread over 38 UN posts, including three on Mount Hermon. The rest are scattered over the 175-kilometre (about 100-mile) long demilitarised zone.)
Newsmen were also told that, over the last five months, UNDOF had cleared 52 kilometres (30 miles) of roads of mines, and buried 60 heavy artillery shells. The huge quantity of unexploded ordinance -- said the Austrian commander -- was the reason why many of the farmers displaced from the area in the 1967 land 1973 Arab-Israeli wars had not returned.
There were 180,000 farmers in the region before june 1967, of whom only 26,000 have returned to their homes.