Syria Violating Agreement With Israel, Ban Tells U.N. Security Council
The Syrian government is violating a 1974 disengagement agreement with Israel, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said.
Syria is deploying military equipment and troops over the cease-fire line on the Golan Heights, Ban said in a report delivered Monday to the Security Council, and the violations could escalate Israel-Syria tensions and jeopardize the agreement.
“I am concerned that the presence of armed members of the opposition and the ongoing military activities of the Syrian security forces have the potential to ignite a larger conflict between Israel and the Syrian Arab Republic with grave consequences,” Ban said, according to The Associated Press. “There should be no military activity of any kind in the area of separation.”
Ban recommended a six-month extension of the U.N. peacekeeping force in the Golan Heights, through June 30.