UN General Assembly renews its demand for Israeli occupation to fully withdraw from the occupied Syrian Golan

The United Nations General Assembly renewed on Wednesday the adoption of a resolution by a majority of member states calling on the Israeli occupation entity to fully withdraw from the occupied Syrian Golan to the June 4, 1967 line, in implementation of the relevant Security Council resolutions.

94 countries voted in favor of the resolution, Israel and 7 countries voted against it, while 69 countries abstained from voting.

The General Assembly resolution states that the decision of "Israel" on December 14, 1981 to impose its laws and jurisdiction on the occupied Syrian Golan is null and void and has no legitimacy whatsoever, as confirmed by the Security Council in its resolution No. 497 of 1981. It also demands "Israel" to cancel it's decision and fully withdraw from the occupied Syrian Golan until the June 4, 1967 line, in implementation of the relevant Security Council resolutions.

 

The resolution stresses that all provisions related to the regulations attached to the Hague Convention of 1907 and the Geneva Convention relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War of August 12, 1949, still apply to the Syrian territory occupied by “Israel” since 1967.

Syria's permanent representative to the United Nations, Bassam Sabbagh, said in a statement that the General Assembly, in the resolutions it adopts annually for more than five decades, has been calling on "Israel", the occupying power, to end its occupation of the Syrian Golan. It also  asserted that any measures taken by "Israel" to impose its laws and jurisdiction over it are illegal, void, null and of no effect whatsoever.  He indicated that the UN Security Council issued the Resolution No. 497, which also stipulated the rejection of the Israeli occupation decision to “annex” the occupied Syrian Golan and considered it null and void and had no legal effect.

Sabbagh pointed out that Israel's intransigence and its refusal to comply with the relevant Security Council and General Assembly resolutions confirm the unacceptable state of inability of the United Nations to compel Israel to end its occupation of the Syrian Golan, as a result of the protection and unlimited support provided to it by the United States and other countries. So, Israel’s continued defiance of the resolutions of international legitimacy and the failure to put an end to the United Nations’ inability to implement its resolutions constitute a real obstacle to establishing security and stability in the region and encourage the occupation to continue its aggressive practices.

Sabbagh reiterated Syria's call to the United Nations to take firm and immediate measures to put its resolutions into practice to ensure an end to the Israeli occupation of the occupied Syrian Golan and other occupied Arab lands. He also called on the UN to stop the violations of the Israeli occupation and to put an end to the crimes of settlement expansion, demographic change, looting of resources, seizure of land and property, murder, arbitrary arrest, torture and other grave violations that represent a systematic policy pursued by the occupation authorities for decades against our people in the occupied Syrian Golan and occupied Palestine.

Sabbagh reiterated Syria's firm adherence to its right to restore the entire occupied Syrian Golan up to the June 4, 1967 line, a right that is not subject to negotiation or concession.

Sabbagh stressed Syria's firm and principled position in support of the Palestinian people's right to self-determination, the establishment of their independent state with Jerusalem as its capital, and the guarantee of the refugees' right to return to their homes in accordance with international law and relevant United Nations resolutions, foremost of which is Resolution No. 194 of 1948.

 

Inas Abdulkareem

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