Arab League Summit rejects US’ recognition of Israel’s control over Golan Heights

TUNIS, The Arab leaders who convened today at the Arab League Summit in Tunis expressed categorical rejection of the US recognition of Israel’s control over the Golan Heights.

At the summit’s final communique issued this evening, they slammed the US move as ”illegal in letter and spirit”, and a ”flagrant violation of UN Charter” relating to the forcible acquisition of one state’s territory by another state.

Deciding to escalate the move to the UN Security Council as well as the International Court of Justice, the Arab leaders said the Trump Administration’s decision flies in the face of UNSC relevant resolutions, namely No 242 of 1967 and No 497 of 1981 which- in no uncertain terms- do not recognise Israeli’s sovereignty over Syria’s Golan Heights.

“By issuing such a decision, the US fails to live up to its obligations towards respecting the UN Charter and Security Council resolutions in its capacity as a permanent member of the UN Security Council,” said the statement.

“The US decision does not alter the legal status of the Syrian Golan Heights as a territory occupied by Israel since 1967, nor does it have any legal capacity, obligations or privileges.

The Arab leaders decried any attempts to legitimise the occupation of the Syrian Golan Heights, slamming the move as a grave setback in the US stance that contravenes international law in a way that heightens tension in the region and undermines peace-oriented efforts in the Middle East, including the efforts made to put an end to occupation under the land-for-peace principle.

The Arab leaders expressed appreciation of the principled stance adopted by a number of world countries and regional and international organisations who have rejected the US decision and their firm adherence to international law, UN Charter and international legitimacy resolutions.

In the meantime, they warned against the gravity of any country embarking on violating the international legitimacy by following in the footsteps of the US in this respect.

They assigned the foreign ministries of the Arab League member states to employ all political, diplomatic and legal tools in opposing the US recognition of Israel’s control over the Golan Heights. They directed to intensify bilateral and multilateral communications with the international community. This includes submission of a draft resolution to the Security Council through the Arab representative to the Council, the State of Kuwait. Other endeavours will include an attempt to get the International Court of Justice to consider the US recognition as null and void.

The Arab League Secretary General has been assigned to follow up all related developments in this respect and to submit a report to an Arab League ministerial meeting to be held for this purpose.

The Arab heads of state have reaffirmed their full support for Syria’s right to restore the Golan Heights and Lebanon’s rights to Shabaa Farms and Kafr Shuba Hills as well as to the Lebanese part of Ghajar Village.

Source: Emirates News Agency