New York, 25 Rabiul Ahir 1434 H/7March 2013 (MINA) – The United Nations Security Council has strongly condemned the seizure of the UN peacekeepers in the occupied Golan Heights by foreign-backed Syrian militants.

       The 15-nation council condemned the Syrian militants in a statement issued on Wednesday, Russian Ambassador to the UN and Security Council President Vitaly Churkin told a press conference in New York, according to Press TV reports monitored by Mi’raj News Agency (MINA), Thursday.

        “The members of the Security Council strongly condemned the detention of a group of more than 20 peacekeepers of the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force [UNDOF] within the area of limitation east of the B-Line earlier today by armed elements of the Syrian opposition,” Churkin said.

       “The members of the Security Council demanded the unconditional and immediate release of all the detained UN peacekeepers and called upon all parties to cooperate with UNDOF in good faith to enable it to operate freely and ensure full security of its personnel,” he added.

         “My understanding is that they took over the trucks in which the UNDOF personnel was [sic] moving around,” Churkin said.

          According to Eduardo del Buey, deputy spokesman for UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, the peacekeepers were stopped and detained by approximately 30 armed militants.

          “The UN observers were on a regular supply mission and were stopped near observation post 58… The mission is dispatching a team to assess the situation and attempt a resolution,” he said.

         The Syria crisis began in March 2011, and many people, including large numbers of army and security personnel, have been killed.

         The Syrian government says that the chaos is being orchestrated from outside the country, and there are reports that a very large number of the militants are foreign nationals.

          In addition, several international human rights organizations have accused the foreign-sponsored militants of committing war crimes. (T/P05/E1)

Mi’raj News Agency (MINA)

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