General Assembly re-calls Israel to withdraw from Syria’s Golan

QAMISHLI, Syria (North Press) – On Wednesday, the UN Security Assembly resumed its call to Israel to completely withdraw from Syria’s Golan until the Line of June 4, 1967. 

The UN Security Assembly approved two decisions concerning Palestine. One of them stresses that any procedures to change the status quo of the holy places of Jerusalem is null and must be stopped.

Israel captured Syrian Golan and Jerusalem in 1967, and the United Nations and the Security Council called Israel to withdraw from them in several decisions notably decision 242.

Egypt has been submitting resolutions on the Syrian Golan and Jerusalem to the General Assembly annually, al-Masry al-Youm newspaper said.

The Permanent Representative of Egypt to the UN Osama Abdelkhalek stated the Jerusalem decision was passed by 129 votes and the resolution on Syria’s Golan was passed by 94 votes.

The resolution also asserts the illegitimacy of establishing settlements or any other Israeli activities that would change the demographic nature of Syria’s Golan, according the the Egyptian representative.  

Bassam Sabbagh, Syrian Permanent Representative to the UN, reaffirmed that Syria has the right to recover the entirety of the Syrian Golan, adding this right cannot be negotiated and waived.

December 1 marks the 74 anniversary of the UN General Assembly Resolution 181 to end the conflict by two-states solution.

Abdulla Shahid, the current president of the UN General Assembly, stated it is ‘discouraging’ that not much has been done in Syria’s Golan case despite it is on the agenda since 1948.

The UN General Assembly was established in 1945 in accordance with the Charter of the United Nations and includes 193 members with one vote for each member state. 

Gilad Erdan, Israel Permanent Representative to the UN, criticized the resolutions passed by the UN General Assembly. 

“Each year, the Body of the UN passes 10 to 20 resolutions against Israel particularly. Have you got an idea how many resolutions all UN member states voted to condemn Iran or Syria, (1) to Iran and (2) to Syria” he added.