TEL AVIV (Nov. 7)
Canada’s Defense Minister James A Richardson said today that his country’s soldiers will continue to serve with United Nations peace-keeping forces in Sinai and on the Israeli-Syrian front. Richardson, who arrived here in a Canadian military transport for a three-day visit to Israel, indicated that an understanding has been reached on the continued presence of the United Nations Disengagement Observation Force (UNDOF) on the Golan Heights. The UNDOF mandate expires Nov. 30 and there had been intimations from Damascus that Syria might oppose its renewal.
Richardson was received at Ben Gurion Airport by Defense Minister Shimon Peres. He said the purpose of his visit was to inspect Canadian contingents serving with UN forces. “The Canadian contingents will continue to serve in the north and in the south, between Israel and Egypt, since we believe in the peace-keeping operations,” he told reporters.