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UNSC renews UNDOF mandate reflecting recent events at Syrian-Israeli border.

The UN Security Council on Thursday

renewed the mandate of the UN Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) between

Syria and Israel for six more months, until December 31, 2011, reflecting the

recent events in the area.

Acting unanimously, the Council "expressed grave concern at the "serious

events" that occurred in UNDOF's area of operation on May 15 and June 5 - on

Nakba and Naksa days - that "put the long-held ceasefire in jeopardy."

The US and UK tried to insert a paragraph in the draft that would "note the

Secretary-General's finding (in his latest report) that anti-government

demonstrations in Syria have spread to the area of limitation on the Syria

side" of the border. Their attempt failed because of Russia's opposition.

Syria criticized the Secretary-General last week for mentioning the

anti-government demonstrations in his most recent report on UNDOF, claiming he

wanted to give western countries in the Council a pretext to interfere in

Syrian internal affairs by inserting such language in the resolution.

UNDOF was established in May 1974 to supervise the cease-fire and

disengagement agreement between Syrian and Israeli forces.

The Council called upon the parties concerned to implement immediately its

resolution 338 (1973), which had called upon the parties to arrive at a

comprehensive and durable peace, and requested the Secretary-General to report

to it at the end of the next six months on measures taken to implement that

resolution.

It also called upon them to fully respect the terms of the disengagement

agreement and to exercise maximum restraint and prevent any breaches of the

ceasefire and the area of separation.

The Council usually issues a presidential statement following the adoption

of the resolution renewing the Force's mandate, reflecting the

Secretary-General's views contained in his report that "Despite the present

quiet in the Israel-Syria sector, the situation in the Middle East continues

to be potentially dangerous and is likely to remain so, unless and until a

comprehensive settlement covering all aspects of the problem can be reached."

This time the US and UK objected to the practice, in retaliation to

Russia's opposition to insert language reflecting the recent unrest in Syria.

They agreed, however, that the Council would note "with concern" in the

resolution's preambular paragraph that "the situation in the Middle East is

tense and is likely to remain so, unless and until a comprehensive settlement

covering all aspects of the Middle East problem can be reached". (more)

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