UN extends force along Israeli-Syrian border

By the Associated Press | December 21, 2011 | 11:35 AM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council has extended the U.N. peacekeeping force along the Israeli-Syrian border, warning that events in the region could impact its operations.

The 15-member council voted unanimously Wednesday to renew the mandate of the more than 1,000-strong force for six months until June 30.

The U.N. Disengagement Observer Force was established in 1974, following the 1973 Yom Kippur war, to monitor the disengagement of Israeli and Syrian forces in the Golan Heights.

The council resolution, co-sponsored by the U.S. and Russia, doesn't directly mention Syria's ongoing crackdown on demonstrators, but it notes that "evolving conditions in the region could have an impact on the functioning of the force."