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Austria to withdraw its UN peacekeepers from Golan Heights

The Austrian government announced its decision in a statement issued on Thursday

AFP , Thursday 6 Jun 2013
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Austria will withdraw its troops from the UN peacekeeping mission in the Golan Heights, following fighting between Syrian rebels and regime forces in the area, the government said Thursday.

"The Austrian army's participation in the UNDOF mission can no longer be maintained for military reasons," Chancellor Werner Faymann and Vice-Chancellor Michael Spindelegger said in a statement.

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