UN Security Council concerned about fighting in Golan Heights; UNSC urges Syrian authorities to protect civilians; Mandate of expert panel on sanctions against Iran extended; India adds items to prohibited trade list with North Korea
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  • (JUNE 3-9)

    Amid intense fighting and the injury of two peacekeepers, the Security Council expressed their concern at the resurgence of fighting in the Golan Heights and at the prospect of countries withdrawing their troops from the UN peacekeeping mission. The Council called on all parties to fully cooperate with the mission to enable it to operate freely and to ensure full security of its personnel. 1

    Meanwhile, the UNSC urged Syrian authorities to protect civilians and to allow humanitarian access to the town of Al-Qusayr. The Council also urged the Syrian government to protect civilians and avoid civilian casualties. The government was also urged to allow “immediate, safe and unhindered access” in accordance with the UN guiding humanitarian principles. 2

    According to reports, the mandate of the expert panel, established to monitor and enforce sanctions against Iran over its failure to cooperate with the International Atomic Energy Agency, was extended for one year through July 09, 2014. 3

    In other developments, India added a few more items, including gems and jewellery to its list of items prohibited for trade with North Korea which is facing UN sanctions because of its nuclear programme. The list of items are prohibited for direct or indirect import or export from or to North Korea. India’s implementation of the sanctions is based on the belief that the nuclear programme pursued by the country was not beneficial for the region. 4