Carl Campeau, a legal adviser to the United Nation’s Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) who worked in the Golan Heights as part of a peacekeeping mission, has been released in Syria and is a free man, according to a Huffington Post article on Thursday. Campeau, from Canada, is now with the United Nations and appears to be in good health after his ordeal. Thus far, there has been no information released regarding the method in which his release was obtained. It is known, however, that he was turned over to the United Nations’ resident representative in Syria.
Canadian officials say they are thrilled with the news of Campeau’s release, and they also said that his ordeal is a reminder to all Canadians of the incredibly dangerous situation in Syria.
Last February, Campeau was kidnapped in the Damascus suburb of Khan al-Sheik - along the Syrian-Israeli border, by rebel fighters which the Canadian government has called “terrorists” - even though Campeau was a civilian working directly for the United Nations and not there on behalf of the Canadian government. Historically, the Canadian government participated in the peacekeeping mission along the Syrian-Israeli border from 1974 to 2006. Seven years ago, troops were totally withdrawn as the Afghanistan war subsided. Yet, Canadian officials have continually asked their citizens to not travel to Syria.