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Syria UN envoy: UN vote shows Israel presence in Golan illegal

Israeli soldiers stand atop armored personnel carriers stationed in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights on August 21, 2015. (Photo by AFP)

Syria’s UN envoy has said that the UN’s recent positive vote for a draft resolution concerning Israel’s occupation of Golan Heights shows that the Tel Aviv regime’s actions are “unacceptable and violate the principles of international law.” 

Syria’s Ambassador to the UN Bashar al-Jaafari made the remarks while addressing the Special Political and Decolonization Committee, the SANA news agency reported on Saturday.

Jaafari stressed that the sweeping vote reiterates the member states’ rejection of the Tel Aviv regime's occupation of the Golan Heights.

“It also asserts that the attempt to annex the Golan by Israel is null and void and has no legal effect in accordance with UN Security Council’s Resolution  No. 497 for 1981, and therefore all such practices, including the settlement activities and cooperation with terrorist groups such as Daesh and Jabhat al-Nusra in the Syrian Golan will be denounced by  all those who are keen to upgrade international law, end the foreign occupation and to reject the principle of annexing the lands of others by force,” he said.

Syrian chief negotiator and Ambassador of the Permanent Representative Mission of Syria to the United Nations Bashar al-Jaafari looks on during a round of negotiation, during the Intra Syria talks, at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, on July 10, 2017. (Photo by AFP)

He added that Israel is in continuous cooperation with Daesh in Golan which “violates Security Council resolutions that prohibit dealing with terrorism.”

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Israel seized the Golan Heights from Syria during the 1967 Six-Day War and has continued to occupy two-thirds of the strategically-important territory ever since, in a move that has never been recognized by the international community.

The regime has built tens of illegal settlements in the area since its occupation and has used the region to carry out a number of military operations against the Syrian government.

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