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Syrians in UN Buffer Zone

Israel has taken a serious view of the presence of Syrian soldiers in the United Nations buffer zone separating Israeli and Syrian forces on the Golan Heights. Defense Minister Shimon Peres discussed the matter with the commander of the United Nations Disengagement Observers Force (UNDOF), Gen. Ensio Siilasvuo, at a meeting here last night. Syrian soldiers have penetrated the buffer zone, patrol the area and have even established positions to make their presence an accomplished fact. Peres advised Siilasvuo that Israel regards the Syrian activities as a gross violation of the disengagement accord and that Syria’s placement of heavy mortars in the limited forces zone is a violation of the pact.