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Flagrant violation of UN Charter: World leaders slam US decision on Golan Heights

Major US allies such as France, Germany, Canada and the United Kingdom have refused to back Washington's decision

Tuesday March 26, 2019 8:01 PM, UNA-OIC

Golan Heights News

Jeddah: US President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Israel's sovereignty over the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights drew strong global rejection and condemnation.

In Cairo, Speaker of Arab Parliament Dr. Mishaal bin Fahm Al-Salami expressed categorical rejection of Trump's decision to recognize the sovereignty of Israel, the occupying power, over the Syrian Golan.

He considered the decision as a flagrant violation of United Nations General Assembly resolutions and UN Security Council Resolution 242, on withdrawal of Israel from the territories occupied in 1967, including the Golan.

In Jordan, Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi said, in a statement following US unilateral move to recognize Israel's sovereignty over the Golan Heights, that the Jordanian position is firm and clear in rejecting Israel's annexation of the Syrian territory and any unilateral decision thereon would fuel tension in the region.

He stressed said that any unilateral decision wouldn't change the fact that the Golan Heights are an Israel-occupied Syrian territory, adding that lasting and comprehensive peace requires ending the Israeli occupation of the Syrian territory.

Also in the statement, Safadi said the Golan Heights will remain a Syrian territory occupied by Israel as affirmed by relevant international legitimacy resolutions and urged all members of the international community to abide by such resolutions.

Likewise, Saudi Arabia expressed its total rejection and condemnation of the declaration issued by the US administration to recognize Israel's sovereignty over the occupied Syrian Golan Heights.

In a statement carried Tuesday by the Saudi Press Agency (SPA), the Kingdom reiterated its firm and principled position on the Golan Heights as an occupied Syrian Arab land in accordance with the relevant international resolutions.

It said that attempts to impose fait accompli do not change the facts and described the declaration of the US administration as a clear violation of the United Nations Charter, the principles of international law, and the relevant international resolutions including Security Council resolutions 242 (1967) and 497 (1981).

The statement added that the US decision would have significant negative effects on the peace process in the Middle East and the security and stability of the region. Saudi Arabia called on all parties to respect the resolutions of international legitimacy and the UN Charter.

By the same token, Turkey strongly condemned the US decision to recognize Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights, calling it a grave violation of international law.

Turkish Foreign Ministry said in a statement Tuesday, “This unfortunate decision ...demonstrates that the US administration continues its approach to be part of the problem, rather than part of the solution in the Middle East.”

“This decision is completely null and void for Turkey,” the statement said, adding that Turkey calls on the international community to comply with the fundamental principles of the United Nations.

Meanwhile, Russia – which has been providing military support to the Syrian Government – warned that Trump's proclamation giving the Golan Heights to Israel "could drive a new wave of tension in the Middle East".

Other countries have condemned the US administration's Golan Heights decree. Major US allies such as France, Germany, Canada and the United Kingdom have refused to back Washington's decision.

A spokesman for UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said on Monday he was "clear that the status of Golan has not changed".

UN Security Council Resolution 497 rejects the Israeli decision to annex the occupied Golan Heights and affirms the illegality of Israel's imposition of its laws and administration on the occupied Syrian territory.

In 2018, the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution urging Israel to immediately withdraw its forces from the area after the country organized local elections in the area on 30 October.

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