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France Distances itself from Trump’s Golan Heights Move

Geneva (National Times) – French authorities have rebuffed US President Trump as they accuse the US of violating international law in its recognition of Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights.

The French deputy ambassador to the UN, Anne Guegen, told UN Security Council on Wednesday evening in New York that “the European Union had affirmed earlier in the day that its Member States did not recognize Israel’s sovereignty, and that any efforts to override Council resolutions over the land, were ‘doomed to failure’”.

US President Trump took the unusual move of recognizing Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan heights which Israel seized from Syria in 1967 and annexed in 1981. Most countries and the international community do not recognize Israel’s sovereignty over the territory. America will be the first country to recognize Israel’s rights over the Golan heights.

The UN Security Council believes Israel’s annexation of the Golan Heights was illegal. Several Arab States including US allies in the Middle East have denounced Trump’s recognition of Israel annexation of the Golan Heights. Most of these states see the move as inciting instability in the Middle East region.

The UN’s head of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs, Rosemary DiCarlo, reiterated the view of the Secretary-General António Guterres, expressed earlier this week, that “the status of the Golan has not changed” in the light of the US decision.

“We hope that the recent developments will not be used as an excuse by anyone to pursue actions that could underimine the relative stability of the situation on Golan and beyond”, said Ms. DiCarlo. “We will continue to closely monitor developments on the ground and will keep the Council informed, as appropriate.”


With Contribution from UN News


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