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Al-Jaafari: The restoration of the occupied Syrian Golan is a priority for Syria

Syria's Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Dr. Bashar Al-Jaafari, reiterated that the occupied Syrian Golan is an inseparable part of the Syrian Arab Republic and that restoring it to the line of June 4, 1967 in all the ways guaranteed by international law will remain a priority for Syria  that will never take a back seat.

During a session of the UN Security Council today on the situation in the Middle East, Al-Jaafari underlined the necessity of the Security Council obliging the Israeli occupation authorities to stop their aggressive settlement practices in the occupied Syrian Golan, which are represented in stealing its antiquities and pillaging its resources, including the Syrian oil that it seeks to extract and loot in cooperation with American companies. The Israeli occupation authorities are also working to seize the property of the people and their lands and to establish new occupation plans on them with the aim of displacing our people in the Golan and forcing them to register their lands that they inherited from their parents and grandparents in the registry of  the occupation authorities.


Al-Jaafari pointed out that the measures of the Israeli occupation violate international and humanitarian law, which some deal with pursuing double standard policy and hypocrisy that exceeded all borders. What is worse is that the United Nations Coordinator for the peace process Nikolai Mladenov violated his mandate obligations and ignored the talk on the Israeli occupation of the Syrian Golan in his briefings in order to hide the grave Israeli crimes in Golan.

Al-Jaafari said: This year coincides with the seventy-fifth anniversary of the establishment of the United Nations, and the passage of the 73rd year since the loss of Palestine .Everyone was yearned for an effective role by the international organization that might provide a just solution preserving the rights of the Palestinian people and restoring security and stability to the Middle East region, but the organization only made stands that have not found their way to implementation.

AL-Jaafari wondered: After decades has passed since the Israeli occupation of the Arab lands, is it not time for the Security Council to shoulder its responsibilities to preserve the international peace and security and to put the United Nations resolutions into action so that our people in the occupied Syrian Golan, Palestine and Lebanon enjoy freedom, and to establish an independent Palestinian state as affirmed by General Assembly Resolution No. 181 of 1947.

“The United Nations' inability to find a just and comprehensive solution to the Palestinian cause encouraged some to try to evade legal obligations and approved references, to overturn the facts and to perpetuate the occupation, and this was evident in what we witnessed during the past months of provocative and unilateral actions represented by the announcement of the American administration on occupied Jerusalem and the occupied Syrian Golan”, al-Jaafari said. “Syria considers what was issued by the American administration merely as a unilateral act issued by a party that does not have the political, legal and moral capacity to decide the fate of the peoples of the world or to act with lands which are inseparable of the Syrian Arab Republic and the occupied Palestine”.

“The issue of Palestine and the termination of the Israeli occupation of Arab lands had the largest share of meetings, decisions, and statements, but the United Nations, due to the pressure being put on it from some permanent members of the Security Council, remained unable to put its decisions into effect”, Al-Jaafari confirmed. “The UN wasn’t able to fulfill the hopes of the founding countries of the international organization to advocate the values of justice, which are based on respect for the principles of international law, the provisions of the Charter, and putting an end to the acts of aggression, occupation, and hegemony.

Al-Jaafari reiterated Syria's support for the right of the Palestinian people to self-determination and establishing an independent state on all its national territory, with Jerusalem as its capital, for the Palestinian refugees right to repatriation in accordance with Resolution No. 194 of 1948, and for granting the State of Palestine full membership in the United Nations.


Inas Abdulkarrem