Slovakia offered chance to appoint head of UNDOF in Golan Heights

SLOVAK Defence Minister František Kašický announced on October 22 that Slovakia has been offered the responsibility of appointing the commander of the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) peace-keeping mission in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.

Speaking during his visit to the UN mission, which includes 95 Slovak soldiers, Kašický confirmed that Slovakia is considering accepting the offer.

The post requires someone with previous experience on similar missions as well as political understanding, the ministry reported Kašický as saying.

According to Kašický, the Defence Ministry will look for a suitable candidate to take over from Bala Nanda Sharma of Nepal early next year.

Accompanied by Lieutenant-General Lubomir Bulik and representatives of the General Staff and operations headquarters, Kasicky visited soldiers monitoring the areas of responsibility, the TASR news wire reported.

UNDOF is the UN's longest-running mission, with some 50,000 soldiers taking part in the operation since 1974. The Slovak contingent has formed part of the Austrian AUSBATT battalion since 1998.

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