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Syria calls for the meeting of Security Council on Golan

Syria's mission to the UN has asked the UN Security Council to hold an emergency meeting as tensions over the Golan Heights grow higher.
27.03.2019 - 11:33

Syria is calling on the UN Security Council to hold an urgent meeting over the Golan Heights, according to some diplomatic sources.

"OCCUPIED TERRITORY"

Syria’s call came after Trump’s controversial decision to recognize Israeli sovereignty over the occupied Golan Heights. On Monday, Trump signed a presidential proclamation officially recognizing Golan as Israeli territory.

According to the UN, the Golan’s legal status will remain unchanged despite Trump’s announcement and still be considered “occupied territory” under international law.

Israel occupied the Golan Heights from Syria during the 1967 Arab-Israeli War and continues to occupy roughly two-thirds of the wider Golan Heights region as a direct result of the conflict. In 1981, Israel formally annexed the territory, in a move unanimously rejected at the time by the UN Security Council.