World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search


Mid-East: Security Council Renews Observer Force

Noting Middle East Tensions, Security Council Renews Mandate Of UN Observer Force

Noting that the latest report on the Middle East referred to continuing tensions, the Security Council today unanimously renewed the mandate of United Nations observers in the Golan Heights monitoring the ceasefire between Israel and Syria for another six months, until the end of next June.

As it has done in other renewals during the past 30 years of the UN Disengagement Observer Force UNDOF), the Council called on the two parties to implement its resolution of 22 October 1973, which urges them to negotiate “a just and durable peace in the Middle East.”

“Under the prevailing circumstances I consider the continued presence of UNDOF in the area to be essential,” UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan said in his report earlier this month.

UNDOF was established in May 1974. Last month it had 1,039 troops from Austria, Canada, Japan, Nepal, Poland and Slovakia and was assisted by 77 military observers from the UN Troop Supervision Organization (UNTSO). In addition to its mandated monitoring functions, it has helped pilgrims and students cross the region.

The new mandate would expire next 30 June, by which time the Secretary-General would have submitted an updated report on developments.

© Scoop Media

World Headlines


At The UN: Paris Climate Agreement Moves Closer To Entry Into Force

The Paris Agreement on climate change moved closer toward entering into force in 2016 as 31 more countries joined the agreement today at a special event hosted by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The End Game In Spain (And Other World News)

The coverage of international news seems almost entirely dependent on a random selection of whatever some overseas news agency happens to be carrying overnight... Here are a few interesting international stories that have largely flown beneath the radar this past week. More>>

Amnesty/Human Rights Watch: Appalling Abuse, Neglect Of Refugees On Nauru

Refugees and asylum seekers on Nauru, most of whom have been held there for three years, routinely face neglect by health workers and other service providers who have been hired by the Australian government, as well as frequent unpunished assaults by local Nauruans. More>>


Other Australian Detention

Gordon Campbell: On The Censorship Havoc In South Africa’s State Broadcaster

Demands have included an order to staff that there should be no further negative news about the country’s President Jacob Zuma, and SABC camera operators responsible for choosing camera angles that have allegedly made the President ‘look shorter’ were to be retrained... More>>


Gordon Campbell: On A Bad Week For Malcolm Turnbull, And The Queen

Malcolm Turnbull’s immediate goal – mere survival – is still within his grasp... In every other respect though, this election has been a total disaster for the Liberals. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Bidding Bye Bye To Boris

Boris Johnson’s exit from the contest for Conservative Party leadership supports the conspiracy theory that he never really expected the “Leave” option to win the referendum – and he has no intention now of picking up the poisoned chalice that managing the outcome will entail... More>>


Get More From Scoop

Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news