Manila tells UN conditions for Golan force to stay

The Philippines' top diplomat has laid down conditions to the United Nations for Filipino peacekeepers to stay in the Golan Heights, including additional weapons for their protection and shorter periods of deployment in the volatile buffer region separating Israel from Syria.


A department statement said Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario assured UN peacekeeping chief Herve Ladsous the Filipinos will stay until August 11, then decide whether to stay involved, depending whether the troops get better protection. UN and US officials have warned of "maximum volatility" if the Filipinos withdraw. (AP)