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UNDOF at Occupied Golan Heights (WN)
UNDOF at Occupied Golan Heights (WN)

UNDOF: India concerned & Fiji to replace Austria

(DP-News - agencies)

UNDOF- India is concerned about its 190 peacekeepers stationed at the occupied Golan Heights with Austria withdrawing its forces from the ceasefire zone that has grown volatile due to the intensification and the spillover of the Syrian civil war.



The withdrawal of the Austrian forces "is an issue of concern" for India, especially in view of the EU announcing easing of the weapons embargo for the rebels last month, said an official source. India continues to maintain its forces there, but its concerns need to be taken into account in the very volatile region, added the source.



"We need to make sure the 190 Indian peacekeepers are well protected," the source added.



Austria has begun Wednesday withdrawing its 378 UN peacekeepers from the demilitarised zone, leaving the forces of India, Fiji and the Philippines. The Austrian forces comprised a major chunk of the around 1,000 peacekeepers stationed there.

The peacekeepers are part of the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF), which has monitored a ceasefire between Israel and Syria since 1974.



the military from the island country of Fiji who will replace the Austrian peacekeepers on the UN Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) stationed on the Golan Heights.

The contingent will be made up of 300 soldiers representing one-twelfth of the Fijan armed forces.

However, the question of the Russian presence has still to be settled since this time it is the Filipinos who might withdraw from UNDOF.



International press reports keep indicating that Chaos in Syria – combined with the growing presence of Islamic extremists among the factions of opposition fighters – could lead to instability in the Middle East.

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