Trump’s Golan pledge ignores international law: Syria | 2019-03-23 |

Trump’s Golan pledge ignores international law: Syria

23 March, 2019 12:00 AM printer

DAMASCUS: Syria, its allies, and fellow states in the region Friday condemned US President Donald Trump’s pledge to recognise Israel’s annexation of the Golan Heights, saying it violates international law, reports AFP.

Trump said Thursday it was time for Washington to recognise Israel’s sovereignty over the strategic territory, which it seized from Syria in the Six-Day War of 1967 and annexed in a move never recognised internationally.

His abrupt tweet triggered delight in Israel but outrage from other countries in the region.

It breaks with UN Security Council resolutions and with more than half a century of US foreign policy, which treated the Golan as occupied territory whose future would be negotiated in talks with Syria on a comprehensive peace. The territory’s return has always been a key Syrian national demand, championed by government and rebels alike throughout the bloody civil war that has ripped the country apart since 2011. 

The Syrian government said Trump’s comments disregarded international law.

“The American position towards Syria’s occupied Golan Heights clearly reflects the United States’ contempt for international legitimacy and its flagrant violation of international law,” a foreign ministry source told the official SANA news agency.

The source said Trump’s comments showed the extent of his administration’s “blind bias” towards Israel.

“The statements of the US president and his administration on the occupied Syrian Golan will never change the fact that the Golan was and will remain Arab and Syrian,” the source said.

Syria’s main opposition grouping too condemned Trump’s comments.

The Syrian Negotiations Commission voiced “its rejection of this decision and its national commitment to Syria’s right to retrieve all its occupied territory.”

Turkey, which hosted the last indirect peace talks between Israel and the Syrian government in 2008 but has backed Syrian rebels, said the change risked plunging the region into a “new crisis”.

“We will never allow the occupation of Golan Heights to be made legitimate,” President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said.