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PHOTO RELEASE: 05 November 2010

 

 

KEEPING THE PEACE Major General Natalio Ecarma III (center), Force Commander and Head of Mission of the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) meets with members of other UN Missions (UNTSO and UNIFIL) in the region during the Regional Force Commanders Conference held recently at the UNDOF Headquarters in Camp Faouar, Syria. The UNDOF operates in the Golan Heights and is composed of troops from Austria, Canada, Croatia, India, Japan and the Philippines. Pointing out the Philippines’ contribution to keeping the peace in the Middle East through the UNDOF, Secretary of Foreign Affairs Alberto G. Romulo said, “The Philippines is honored to have been given the responsibility of helping oversee the peace in that part of the Middle East.” Underscoring the country’s commitment to securing the region and the world, Philippine Permanent Representative to the United Nations Libran N. Cabactulan said “The Philippines will continue to work closely with the United Nations in further strengthening the ramparts of global peace through participation in the UN’s peacekeeping operations.” More than 1,000 Filipino peacekeepers are in eight of the UN’s 16 peacekeeping missions around the world. END

 

REGULAR ROUNDS Major General Natalio Ecarma III, Force Commander and Head of Mission of the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) is briefed by the UN Position 12 leader during one of the Force Commander’s regular visits to the troops in UNDOF’s area of operation. Established by   Security Council resolution 350, UNDOF is mandated to maintain the ceasefire between Israel and Syria; supervise the disengagement of Israeli and Syrian forces; and supervise the areas of separation and limitation. The UNDOF operates in the Golan Heights and is composed of troops from Austria, Canada, Croatia, India, Japan and the Philippines. In a statement, Philippine Permanent Representative to the United Nations Libran N. Cabactulan underscored the Philippines’ commitment to keeping the peace throughout the world through “active participation in the United Nations peacekeeping operations.” The Philippines has more than 1,000 peacekeepers in eight of the United Nations’ 16 peacekeeping missions. END

 

PEACE SURVEILLANCE Major General Natalio Ecarma III, Force Commander and Head of Mission of the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF), surveys the situation at the Golan Heights with Position Leader Franz Flaschberger during a recent visit to Mount Hermon. Mount Hermon is the site of the highest permanently manned UN position. Observing and surveying are among the regular activities of UNDOF which is mandated to maintain the ceasefire between Israel and Syria; supervise the disengagement of Israeli and Syrian forces; and supervise the areas of separation and limitation. UNDOF is composed of troops from Austria, Canada, Croatia, India, Japan and the Philippines. In its official website, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon considered the “continued presence of UNDOF in the area to be essential.” Philippine Permanent Representative to the United Nations Libran N. Cabactulan said in a statement, “With more than 10 million Filipinos overseas – around two million estimated to be in the Middle East - keeping in the peace in that region and around the world is a priority for the Philippines.” The Philippines is actively engaged in the UN’s peacekeeping operations, with more than 1,000 Filipinos in eight of the UN’s 16 peacekeeping missions around the world. END