DND orders pullout of peacekeepers in Golan, Liberia

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Posted at Aug 23 2014 02:01 PM | Updated as of Aug 23 2014 10:51 PM

MANILA - The Department of National Defense (DND) has ordered the pullout of Filipino peacekeepers in the Golan Heights and Liberia.

DND spokesperson Peter Paul Galvez on Saturday said the deployment of peacekeepers to Golan Heights and Liberia has become too risky.

Golan Heights has been the subject of a territorial conflict between Israel and Syria.

Liberia, meanwhile, has been struggling to fight the outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus.

"Kahit pa man yung ating mga tropa dun ay sinusunod nila ang mga protocol ng WHO (World Health Organization) pati yung mahigpit na protocol ng UN (United Nations) sa pagsisiguro ng kanilang kalusugan at seguridad ay nakita nating medyo tumataas pa rin ang risk nila sa kapahamakan," Galvez told radio dzMM.

The Philippines has been deploying troops to the Golan Heights and Liberia as part of its commitment to help the UN maintain global peace.

The defense department said there are 331 peacekeepers in the Golan Heights and 115 in Liberia.

Galvez said the pullout order does not cover Filipino peacekeepers in other areas.

"Ang commitment naman ng ating bansa sa UN ay hindi nawawala," he stressed.

He said the peacekeeping forces in Ebola-hit Liberia would have to be quarantined for 21 days first before they will be flown back to the Philippines.

He said the troops will be quarantined for another 21 days upon arrival in the country.

"Para masiguro natin na wala silang dalang virus. Iniingatan din natin yan ng matindi," Galvez said. -- With report from David Oro, dzMM