World Bulletin/News Desk
Austria announced Tuesday it would remove its remained 44 soldiers of its peace keeping troops by 31 July from the Golan Heights.
Austria's Federal Defense Ministry stated in a written press release that Austria would have removed all of its troops from Golan Heights with withdrawing its last 44 soldiers from there.
The troops will return back to Austria and will symbolically offer the Austrian flag to their Defense Minister Gerald Klug.
Austria's troops had been serving in Golan Heights for 39 years.
The UN wanted the Austrian peacekeeping troops to leave their equipment,used in the Golan Heights to the other troops which will arrive after Austria withdraws.
Austrian Federal Defense Ministry announced the troops will remain in the region but the 'Pinzgauer'-named Austrian armored personnel carriers and communication devices would be brought back to Austria.
Austrian Defense Ministry had decided to withdraw its troops from Golan Heights as Syrian rebels captured the Quneitra crossing in the demilitarized zone on the Israel-Syria armistice line. Two UN troops were wounded in the battle for the border crossing.
After having achieved consensus with United Nations (UN), the withdrawal had gradually started.
Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal-al-Mikdad had said Syria welcomed Russia's offer to send peacekeepers to the Golan Heights.
Among 911 UN peacekeepers serving at the crossing, 377 are Austrians.
Previously Croatia withdrew its peacekeepers in March due to similar reasons.Last Mod: 30 Temmuz 2013, 16:42