UN, Sweden in negotiations to expand peacekeeping force in Golan Heights
Following departure of Austrian forces, UN chief mulls creation of new force made up of hundreds of armed Scandinavian soldiers, with new guidelines for opening fire.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is negotiating with Sweden the possibility of setting up a Scandinavian force to replace the Austrian soldiers who were pulled out of the peacekeeping force stationed on the Syria border, a senior Israeli official said.
Ban also called on Wednesday for expanding the United Nations Observer Force on the Golan Heights and upgrading its capabilities.
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