Golan Heights: UAE regrets, condemns US decision

By Rajive Singh

Golan Heights (Image Softblog)

ABU DHABI 27 March 2019: The United Arab Emirates has expressed its deep regret and condemnation of the recognition by the United States of the Syrian Golan Heights as sovereign Israeli territory, describing it as a move that disrupts all efforts to achieve a lasting peace in the Middle East.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation stressed in a statement issued to Wam, that there is no possibility of achieving stability and peace in the region as long as Israel continues its occupation of Palestinian and other Arab territories.

The ministry’s statement affirmed the UAE’s firm position in recognising the Golan Heights as Syrian territory, adding that the decision by the US Administration cannot change this reality.

The MoFAIC statement reaffirmed the necessity of abiding by UN Security Council resolutions No. 242 of 1967 and 497 of 1981 and the principles set out in the Arab Peace Initiative concerning a full Israeli withdrawal from occupied Arab territories, including the Syrian Golan Heights.

Arab Parliament rejects US recognition of Golan Heights

CAIRO: Dr. Mishaal bin Fahm Al Salami, Speaker of Arab Parliament, strongly rejected on Monday the US President Donald Trump’s sovereignty recognition to Israel over the Syrian Golan Heights.

In a statement, Al-Salami said the US illegal decision is completely rejected and condemned, null, has no legal grounds, and are unilateral measures to change a legally recognised situation, which is that the Syrian Golan Heights remain an occupied land.

The statement described the US decision as a flagrant violation of United Nations General Assembly resolutions and UN Security Council Resolution No. 242 of 1967, on withdrawal of Israel from the territories occupied, including the Golan.

Al Salami noted that such decision represents a “serious and unprecedented challenge” to the will of all countries of the world and is a confiscation of land by force. He stressed that the United States has proved to be fully biased to the occupying power by its recent recognition of occupied Jerusalem as the capital for the occupiers, and its recognition today of the sovereignty of over the occupied Syrian Golan.

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