'Filipino peacekeepers to stay in Golan until end of term'

July 5, 2013 11:32


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President of the Philippines Benigno Aquino the third has agreed to continue the deployment of his country's UN peacekeepers in the Golan Heights until the end of the force's term on August 11, The Manila Times reported on Friday. 

A spokesman for Aquino said: "The president has agreed to continue with the deployment of our 340 contingent until August 11, 2013, at which time the rotational process will be determined.” 

The spokesman added that the deployment was "subject to meeting considerations to enhance safety of peacekeepers," according to the report. 

 In May, Foreign Minister Albert del Rosario sent a recommendation to Aquino to withdraw the peacekeepers from the Golan, following multiple abductions of Filipino peacekeepers by Syrian rebels. 

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