5 Nov 2012
On 2 November 2012, Syrian tanks crossed into the area of separation under
the 1974 Separation of Forces agreement between Israel and Syria. Just
today, gunfire from the Syrian side of the border struck an Israeli patrol.
H.E. Mr. Hardeep Singh Puri
President of the Security Council
I write to draw your attention to an alarming development in our region.
On 2 November 2012 - in the midst of fighting between Syrian security forces
and other armed elements near the Syrian villages of Beer Ajam and Barika -
Syrian tanks crossed into the area of separation under the 1974 Separation
of Forces agreement between Israel and Syria. As I write this letter, the
tanks remain in this area. Just today, gunfire from the Syrian side of the
border struck an Israeli patrol.
The actions of the Syrian forces are a grave violation of the 1974
Separation of Forces agreement between Israel and Syria. This represents a
dangerous escalation that could have far-reaching implications for the
security and stability of our region.
This is not the first time that we have witnessed Syrian violations of this
agreement in recent months. On 28 July 2012, Syrian forces crossed into the
area of separation. On 25 September 2012, the Syrian forces fired mortars
that exploded in the area of separation.
In the face of these continued violations, Israel has shown maximum
restraint. However, Israel views the continued violations of the Separation
of Forces agreement by the Syrian military forces with the utmost concern.
The international community and the Security Council should address this
alarming development without delay to prevent further escalation.
I should be grateful if you would have this letter distributed as an
official document of the Security Council. I wish to inform you that an
identical letter has been sent to H.E. Mr. Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of
the United Nations.
Allow me, Excellency, to renew to you the assurances of my highest