Pakistan condemns US recognition of Golan Heights

UN Security Council must take steps in accordance with UN Charter, international laws: FO

News Desk March 27, 2019
An Israeli tank can be seen near the Israeli side of the border with Syria in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights. PHOTO REUTERS

Pakistan on Wednesday joined the international community in condemning and voicing strong opposition to the United States' decision to recognise Israel’s sovereignty over Syria's Golan Heights.

"This decision represents a serious violation of UN Charter, international law and applicable UN Security Council Resolutions, particularly 497 (1981). It also constitutes a serious blow to the Rule of Law and international norms," the Foreign Office said in a statement.

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The FO said Pakistan shares the international outrage and remains "deeply concerned over the potentially grave repercussions of this decision for the region and beyond".

"Pakistan calls upon the UN Security Council to take cognisance of this situation and take steps in accordance with the UN Charter."

On Monday, US President Donald Trump signed a proclamation in which the United States recognised the strategic plateau as Israeli territory, breaking with decades of US policy.

Five European countries that sit on the UN Security Council on Tuesday rejected Trump’s decision to recognise the Golan as Israeli territory and voiced concern the move could have broad consequences.

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Belgium, Britain, France, Germany and Poland insisted that the European position had not changed and that the Golan remained Israeli-occupied Syrian territory, in line with international law enshrined in UN resolutions.



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