RP Joins UN Peacekeeping Forces in Golan Heights

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RP Joins UN Peacekeeping Forces in Golan Heights


The Philippines will deploy the first batch of 336 Filipino peacekeepers to Israel’s Golan Heights next week, the Philippine Mission to the United Nations (UN) said on Friday.The RP contingent will replace the Polish peacekeepers with the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) in the UN-controlled zone between Israeli and Syrian forces established at the Arab-Israeli War in 1974, the Mission said.The ceremonies at the Camp Ziouani on Tuesday afternoon (Israeli time) saw the raising of the Philippine flag for the first time over the Golan Heights and lowering of the Poland’s national colors signaling the formal installation of the first battalion of Filipino peacekeepers.During the ceremonies attended by UNDOF officials as well as Israeli and Philippine government officials, Polish Battalion Commander, Lt. Col. Mariusz Jurek handed over to his Filipino counterpart, Lt. Col. Milfredo Melegrito the symbolic key to Camp Ziouani.The Philippines has been involved with the UNDOF since its establishment in 1974.“We also see our presence here in the Golan as our own little way of contributing to peace in the region,” Philippine Ambassador to Tel Aviv Petronila Garcia said at the ceremonies.“Although the Philippines is a small country with limited means, it takes its responsibility in United Nations peace-keeping very seriously, Garcia said. …

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