Posted by: JWP | 01/23/2010

RP heads UN peacekeeping force in Golan Heights

The Daily Tribune by Michaela P. del Callar 01/23/2010

The Philippines will assume command of the 1,050-strong United Nations peacekeeping force in the Golan Heights next month with the appointment of a Philippine Marine general as the new commander of the force and head of mission, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said yesterday.

Established by the UN Security Council at the end of the Arab-Israeli War in 1974, the UN Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) in the Golan Heights is tasked to maintain the ceasefire and supervise the disengagement of Israeli and Syrian forces and the so-called “areas of separation and limitation” between the two camps.

Foreign Affairs Secretary Alberto Romulo said Maj. Gen Natalio Ecarma III was formally appointed on Monday by Secretary General Ban Ki-moon as the new force commander and head of mission of the UNDOF.

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RP peacekeepers in Golan Heights 10/22/09

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