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Senior UN official stands by Indian commander in standoff with Philippines

Replying to questions on whether Filipino troops were ordered “not to resist” the rebel group, Ladsous said there were no such orders.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: September 5, 2014 3:03 am

A day after the UN Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) in Syria justified the actions of its force commander — Lt General Iqbal Singh Singha — at Golan Heights where 44 Fijian nationals have been captured by a Syrian rebel group, UN’s Under-Secretary-General Herve Ladsous came out in support of the mission leadership on Thursday.

Replying to the Filipino military’s allegations that Singha ordered Filipino peacekeepers in UNDOF to lay down their weapons — thus risking their lives — to ensure the safety of abducted Fiji peacekeepers, Ladsous said the UNDOF leadership did not pass the order.

“Our peacekeepers have shown considerable steadfastness and courage at all levels and I would like in particular to recognise the force commander General Singha, who displayed complete professionalism and strong leadership in making decisions…he is utterly to be commended and I place on the record my full trust in the way he performed his duty,” Ladsous was quoted as saying at a UN press conference.

Replying to questions on whether Filipino troops were ordered “not to resist” the rebel group, Ladsous said there were no such orders.

The UN backing the Indian Lt General is likely to weaken the case of the Filipino military which has demanded probe against the Indian officer’s order during the operation last week.

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    fner perez
    Sep 5, 2014 at 5:46 am
    A quote from Brig Gen Mosese Tikoitoga of Fiji:Asked why his men surrendered, Tikoitoga said they were following a direct order from the commander of the U.N. Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF). At no stage in an operation would I expect any of my officers not to follow the decisions of the first commander, he said. The Filipinos chose to do so and the Philippines government have supported them for .. for having chosen that path. The question again, Who ordered the Fijian army delegation to surrender with their arms? The UNDOF commander and the UN are clearly lying.
    1. I
      Sep 5, 2014 at 7:26 pm
      A quick google search on this UN Undersecretary-General Herve Ladsous and Rwanda will show why this man is so quick to support the Indian Lt. General who advocated surrender.
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        Nancy Merkel
        Sep 5, 2014 at 12:11 am
        Other nations along with the Philippines should've pulled out of UN long time ago. UN is just out of control because of bad leadership like these two clowns with twisted logic. I would fight back, don't negotiate with terrorist, then bring them to trial or drag them to court for the aggression.
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          Ali Boy
          Sep 10, 2014 at 1:46 pm
          The 45 Fijians UN Troops just made a bad decicions for stupid order. Why are you telling that the 40 Filipinos are coward for defying the orders ? Why did Lt. Gen. Singha ask for troops reinforcement or back-up? Or the order to surrender is an ack of conspiracy?