The United States comes under sharp criticism from the 14 other Security Council nations for its decision to recognize Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights in violation of council resolutions.
President Donald Trump signed a proclamation on Monday in which the US recognized Israeli occupation of the strategic plateau that it seized in 1967 and annexed in 1981.
Syria asked the United Nations to schedule an urgent meeting to “discuss the situation in the occupied Syrian Golan Heights and the recent flagrant violation of the relevant Security Council’s resolution by a permanent member-state.
The Security Council met on Wednesday at the request of Syria, which in a letter to the council called the US move a “flagrant violation” of UN resolutions.
All 28 EU member states have also rejected the US recognition of Israel’s 1981 annexation of the Golan Heights from Syria. British U.N. Ambassador Karen Pierce told the council that the U.S. decision was in contravention of that 1981 resolution. France, Britain, Germany, Belgium and Poland raised concerns about broader consequences of recognizing illegal annexation and also about the broader regional consequences. France warned any attempt to turn from international law was “doomed to fail”, as the US prepares to unveil its Middle East peace proposals.
“This unilateral action does nothing to assist in finding a long-term peaceful solution to the conflict in the Middle East,” South Africa’s UN Ambassador Jerry Matjila said.
“If anybody feels any temptation to follow this poor example, we would urge them to refrain from this aggressive revision of international law,” Russia’s Deputy Ambassador Vladimir Safronkov said.