Trump Disregards International Resolutions, Announces Intention to Recognize "Israel's Sovereignty" over Occupied Syrian Golan

NEW YORK, (ST)-Within the framework of his biased policy in favor of the Israeli occupation entity and his continuous sought to legalize the Israeli occupation of the occupied Arab territories, US President Donald trump announced his intention to recognize "Israel's sovereignty" over the occupied Syrian Golan, paying no heed to international resolutions on this important Syrian area.

In a tweet on Thursday, Trump shamelessly said that it is time for the United States to "fully recognize Israel’s Sovereignty" over the occupied Syrian Golan, which, he claimed, "is of critical strategic and security importance to Israel and Regional Stability".

The Syrian Golan was occupied by Israel in 1967.

  The United Nations reacted to Trump's tweet by stressing that its stance on Golan won't change after the US President's announcement. It said that the Israeli occupation of the Syrian Golan is illegitimate according to the International Law, reiterating its commitment to all international resolutions on the occupied Syrian Golan.

"The United Nations is committed to all the Security Council and UN General Assembly's resolutions which affirm that Israel's occupation of the Syrian Golan is an illegitimate act according to International Law," Farhan Haq, Deputy Official Spokesman of the UN Chief, said in a statement to media outlets on Thursday.

In the same context, the European Union (EU) announced that its stance on the occupied Syrian Golan won't change also and that it doesn't recognize "Israel's sovereignty" over it.

Media outlets quoted Spokeswoman of the EU Foreign Policy Chief Federica Mogherini as saying that "the European Union stance on Golan's belongingness hasn't changed and as it doesn't recognize Israel's sovereignty over lands its occupied in 1967."    

Trump's new move comes after the US State Department dropped the word "occupied" in relation to the Syrian Golan in its annual human rights report for 2018, published last week.

On its part, Russia said it won't support such a recognition.

 “Russia will never support such a recognition,” Oleg Morozov, a member of the Russian Senate’s International Affairs Committee said, as cited by the RIA news agency.

 US Republican Senator Lindsey Graham recently vowed to push the Trump administration to formally recognise "Israel's sovereignty" over the occupied Syrian Golan. Last month, other American lawmakers, namely Senators Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Tom Cotton (R-AR), together with Representative Mike Gallagher (R-WI), introduced a resolution "to ensure that Israel retains control" of Syria's Golan.

Syria condemned Graham's remarks, stressing that they express the arrogant mentality of the US administration and prove that the United States sees the region's issue from a Zionist point of view that serves only the Israeli interests.

Hamda Mustafa

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