NZ troops to pull out of Syria

TRACY WATKINS
Last updated 17:24 22/08/2012

Relevant offers

Middle East

Israel defies NZ-led UN vote to push ahead with settlements as Donald Trump takes office Blast kills four in Syrian camp near Jordan - monitor At least 20 trapped firefighters killed in Tehran building collapse Istanbul nightclub attacker caught Children suffer as taps run dry in Syria’s capital Damascus In Syria, a rebel fighter clears Islamic State minefields Politicians trade blows in Turkish parliament in debate over president's powers Australian and US hostages plead for prisoner swap or Taliban will kill them Dozens dead, MP wounded in twin attacks near government buildings in Afghanistan Netanyahu in hot seat over free cigars, pink champagne and secret recordings

New Zealand soldiers will pull out of Syria this week as the United Nations Supervision Mission ends.

The foreign affairs and defence ministers announced the pull out today.

"The UN Security Council's mandate for the mission expired on 19 August.  The UN has indicated it will have all international military observers, including all NZDF personnel, out of Syria by 23 August," Foreign Minister Murray McCully said.

"We acknowledge the bravery and commitment of the NZDF officers who have served in a dangerously volatile situation. Unfortunately, the worsening violence in Syria has made it impossible for the mission to carry out its mandated task.

"New Zealand was quick to provide assistance to the UN and deploy personnel to support Kofi Annan's six point plan to end the violence and monitor a ceasefire.

"We once again urge the Security Council to display leadership and to work collaboratively to end the humanitarian crisis in Syria," Mr McCully says.

Six New Zealand soldiers were initially deployed to Syria three months ago and that was halved in late July.

Ad Feedback

- Stuff

Special offers

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content