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Proposal: Send Czech peacekeepers to Golan Heights

August 27, 2013

PRAGUE (AP) — Czech President Milos Zeman has proposed deploying Czech troops as U.N. peacekeepers in the disputed Golan Heights.

The force was established in 1974 to monitor the disengagement of Israeli and Syrian forces in the Golan.

Some countries have recently withdrawn their contingents from the U.N. mission amid escalating hostilities after fighting from the Syrian civil war threatened their positions.

Zeman says the deployment would at least “help reduce the risk of this conflict’s escalation” and increase his country’s “prestige.”

He made his proposal Tuesday during an annual meeting with Czech ambassadors and diplomats.

Such a Czech deployment would have to be approved by Parliament, and the country is facing early elections in late October.

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