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19 June


Syria appeal to the UN because of the Golan heights problem

They are dissatisfied with Washington's actions

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/NOVOSTIVL/ Syria called on the U.N. Security Council to convene an urgent meeting to discuss the recent move by U.S. President Donald Trump to reverse decades of Washington's policy and recognize the disputed Golan Heights as Israel's territory, council sources said Tuesday. This article appeared in the Kyodo News.

The meeting is expected to be held in the near future, the sources said. However, it is impossible for the council to adopt any resolution dismissing the U.S. move as a violation of international law, since the United States -- a permanent council member -- would veto it.

Israel's annexation of the disputed area is not recognized internationally.

Five European Union allies of the United States on Tuesday expressed opposition to Trump's recognition of Israel's sovereignty over the occupied Golan Heights seized from Syria.

In a joint statement, ambassadors from the current five EU members of the Security Council -- Britain, France, Germany, Belgium and Poland -- said any unilateral border changes go against the rules-based international order and the U.N. Charter.

"Annexation of territory by force is prohibited under international law," the statement said, in reference to the territory Israel seized from Syria in the 1967 Arab-Israeli war and annexed in 1981.

"We raise our strong concerns about the broader consequences of recognizing illegal annexation and also about the broader regional consequences," it said.

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