military observers in the Middle East monitor ceasefires, supervise armistice agreements, prevent isolated incidents from escalating and assist other peacekeeping operations in the region to fulfill their mandates.
The UNIFIL Force Commander, Major-General Paolo Serra and UNTSO
Chief of Staff Major-General Michael Finn expressed their deepest condolences to the Austrian Government and to the family of the Military Observer.
report also put forth the notion that no sovereignty, neither Israeli nor Syrian, should apply to any part of the DMZ.
According to the reports of the chief of staff of UNTSO
on the Work of the Mixed Armistice Commissions,
The unarmed observers of UNTSO
continue their mission in the Middle East today.
Israel in particular, probably because of its experiences with UNEF I and UINIFIL, has never favored UN or UNTSO
supervision of the Sinai security arrangements and is likely to veto any such suggestion.
The original language of the resolution called on the Security Council to deploy troops from UNTSO
(the UN Truce Supervision Organization, deployed on Israel's borders with Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, and Egypt since 1949) to monitor the treatment of Palestinians living under occupation.
Independent UN sources in Lebanon attached to UNTSO
(the UN Truce Supervisory Organisation) told The Middle East that the size of patrols on both sides had increased substantially in recent times.
However, the drawbooks of a potentially long, open-ended presence in the Golan must be weighted against the benefits of a comprehensive Arab-Israeli peace that would probably lead to the termination of other peacekeeping operations (UNIFIL, UNTSO
, UNDOF); thereby freeing personnel for new missions and enabling surviving peacekeeping operations to consolidate their logistical organizations to achieve greater efficiency.
The use of UN military forces for conflict mitigation became an accepted practice after the early experiences of UNTSO
, which introduced unarmed UN observers into the 1948 conflict between Israel and its neighbors, and of the 1956 UN Emergency Force, in which lightly armed peacekeepers were positioned between Egyptian and Israeli forces in the Sinai.
The UN Truce Supervisory Organization, or UNTSO
, was billed from its inception as a means of defusing a volatile situation that had the potential of deflagrating into an armed clash between the superpowers of the day.
However, an unnamed judicial source was cited by AN NAHAR as saying that the document which was shown during Nasrallah's speech carried the stamp of UNTSO
, the United Nations Truce Supervision Organization, founded by the United Nations in 1948 to monitor ceasefires in the Middle East, AN NAHAR reported.