Israel claim over Golan Heights rejected by UNSC

Israel claim over Golan Heights rejected by UNSC

UNITED NATIONS: (APP) Israel claim over Golan Heights rejected by UNSC


The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) has rejected a recent statement by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that Tel Aviv will never relinquish the occupied Golan Heights, saying the occupied region's status "remains unchanged."


"The Council members expressed their deep concern over recent Israeli statements about the Golan, and stressed that the status of the Golan remains unchanged," China's UN Ambassador Liu Jieyi, who is this month president of the 15-nation Security Council, said after a closed-door meeting on the Golan Heights in New York on Tuesday.


The council resolution 497 of 1981 made it clear that Israel's decision at the time to impose its laws, jurisdiction and administration in the Golan was "null and void and without international legal effect," he said.


During the Israeli regime's first cabinet meeting in the occupied territory earlier this month, Netanyahu claimed that "the Golan Heights will remain in the hands of Israel forever," and demanded that the international community recognize Syria Golan as Israeli territory.


"Israel will never relinquish the Golan Heights," Netanyahu said. "The time has come after 40 years for the international community to finally recognize that the Golan Heights will remain forever under Israeli sovereignty."


Israel seized the Golan from Syria in the 1967 Middle East War and annexed it in 1981, a move never recognized by the international community.


Israeli media reported that the remarks were made due to fears that Israel might come under pressure to return the strategic ridge to Syrian hands amidst talks to settle the war in Syria.