NEW YORK, (ST)- The United Nations has renewed its call on the Israeli occupation to comply with UN resolutions relating to the occupied Syrian Golan, particularly resolutions No. 497 for the year 1981 which considers the Israeli occupation’s decision to impose its laws, jurisdiction and administration on the occupied Syrian Golan as null and void and as of no international legal effect.
The UN's call was made Tuesday during the UN General Assembly's Special Political and Decolonization Committee's (the Fourth Committee) meeting in which the Assembly adopted with a landslide majority a resolution on "occupied Syrian Golan". 153 countries voted in support of the resolution, Israel opposed it and 13 other countries abstained from voting.
The resolution urges Israel, the occupying authority, to immediately cancel its Golan annexation decision. It considers that all the legislative and administrative measures and procedures adopted by Israel aiming to change the legal or the demographic status of the occupied Syrian Golan as null and void and as a blatant violation of international law and the Geneva accord on protecting civilians at war time.
The resolution also called on Israel to stop imposing the Israeli citizenship and identity on the Syrian citizens in occupied Golan and to halt its oppressive measures against the people there.
The resolution condemned Israel’s violations of the Geneva Convention relating to protecting civilians at war time and renewed its call on the UN member states not to recognize any anti-international law Israeli procedures or measures in occupied Golan.
UNGA Reaffirms Sovereignty of the Peoples of Occupied Palestine and Syrian Golan over their Natural Resources
In addition, the UN General Assembly's Economic and Financial Committee (Second Committee) adopted several resolutions relating to occupied Syrian Golan and to the damage caused by Israeli in 2006 to the Lebanese and Syrian coastlines.
One of the adopted resolution was titled " Permanent sovereignty of the Palestinian people in occupied Palestinian territories, including eastern al-Quds, and of the people of the occupied Syrian Golan over their natural resources". In this resolution, the UN General Assembly reaffirmed the unquestionable right of the people in occupied Palestine and occupied Syrian Golan to manage their natural resources. It also called on Israel to stop exploiting these resources.
155 states supported the resolution, 8 opposed it and 10 abstained.
Another resolution titled "the Oil Slick off Lebanese Coast" was also adopted. The UNGA expressed deep concern over the disastrous consequences of the Israel's air force bombing of oil storage tanks in 2006 in the area near the thermal power station in Jiyeh, Lebanon on environment and sustainable development in the country. The UNGA urged the Israeli occupation government to immediately pay compensations to the Lebanese government for the above mentioned damage. It also called on Israel to compensate other countries which were affected by this oil spill, particularly Syria.
The resolution got the support of 156 countries, the opposition of 8 others while 6 countries abstained from vote.