Skip to comments.Philippines may pull peacekeepers from Golan
Posted on 05/10/2013 4:39:52 PM PDT by Pan_Yan
MANILA The Philippines said Friday it may quickly withdraw from a United Nations peacekeeping force in the Golan Heights because of security concerns, following the abduction of four Filipino troops.
Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario said he had made a recommendation to President Benigno Aquino to pull out the more than 300 troops from the area.
"As soon as he says go, we will undertake to do that as soon as possible," del Rosario told reporters.
Syrian rebels seized the four Filipino peacekeepers at an observation post in the Golan Heights on Tuesday, two months after 21 Filipino soldiers were abducted by the same group and held for four days.
"The people that abducted our peacekeepers were actually under siege and they are using our people to get themselves out of the situation they find themselves in. That thing is not for us," del Rosario said.
"We don't want to expose our people any further, any more than we need to."
Del Rosario said he understood it normally required a three-month notice period to withdraw troops from a United Nations peacekeeping mission.
"But under the circumstances, where people are in jeopardy -- obviously our people are in jeopardy -- we may try to get... the UN to release them earlier if that is possible," he said.
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Who would want to be an Ambassador or a peacekeeper in the middle east? Too easy to fall through the crack.
Blue HAt nbo gun what do you expect!
Blue Hat No Gun!
There’ll be peace in the Golan about 5 minutes after the last muzz maggot has been exterminated, but likely not before.
UN Peacekeeping is a jobs program with over 92,000 troops from poor countries like Bangladesh, Pakistan and India.
Wanna guess who pays for it?
Makes sense to me.
Sometimes it’s best to git while the gittin’ is good.
...following the abduction of four Filipino troops.
IOW: “Look, we were brought in to keep the peace and it looks like there is actually a war going on there. Obviously this is not what we bargained for when we thought we could score some easy cash from the UN. We’re going home now.”