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  • A man holds the Syrian flag in Quneitra, near the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, Syria March 26, 2019.

    A man holds the Syrian flag in Quneitra, near the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, Syria March 26, 2019. | Photo: Reuters

Published 27 March 2019

Syria asked the U.N. Security Council to meet and discuss the U.S. decision of recognizing Golan Heights as part of Israel.

Syria called on the United Nations Security Council to hold an emergency meeting on the United States' decision to recognize Golan Heights as an Israeli territory- a direct violation of international resolutions and condoned by many world powers and regional organizations. 

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The U.S. President Donald Trump signed a proclamation Monday saying that the country recognizes Israel’s annexation of Golan Heights despite U.N. resolutions attributing the Golan the status of Israeli-occupied territory.

The Syrian Foreign Ministry Monday said the U.S. decision on the Golan is "a flagrant attack on the sovereignty and territorial integrity" of its country, according to a statement issued by the state news agency SANA.

Israel occupied Golan Heights from Syria during 1967 Arab-Israeli War. Two-thirds of the territory is occupied by Israel at present.

In 1981, the Israeli government unilaterally applied its own laws in the Golan Heights, a de facto annexation that the United Nations Security Council condemned in Resolution 497 as “null and void and without international legal effect.”

The Syrian mission to the U.N. asked the council president to call for an urgent meeting to "discuss the situation in the occupied Syrian Golan and the recent flagrant violation of the relevant Security Council's resolution by a permanent member-state."

The council will discuss the latest crisis Wednesday during a meeting on renewing the U.N. peacekeeping force (UNDOF) deployed between Israel and Syria in Golan.

Hezbollah called for resistance against the U.S. decision regarding Golan. Hassan Nasrallah, the Hezbollah chief said Syrians have only one option i.e., to take their land back.

Five European countries including Britain, France, Belgium, Germany and Poland declared that the European position on Golan Heights remained the same i.e., it is an Israeli occupied territory.

Russia, China, Indonesia, South Africa also opposed the U.S. proclamation.

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