UN General Assembly Votes Overwhelmingly in Favor of Resolution Affirming Syria’s Sovereignty Over Occupied Golan

16 November، 2018
New York, SANA

The UN General Assembly on Friday voted in overwhelming majority in favor of a draft resolution affirming Syria’s sovereignty over the occupied Golan and considering all Israeli occupation procedures in it null and void.

151 states voted in favor of the draft resolution, with the US and the Israeli occupation voting against, and 14 states abstaining.

During the meeting of the General Assembly’s Fourth Committee, Syria’s Permanent Representative at the UN Dr. Bashar al-Jaafari said that the voting of the greater majority in favor of this resolution sends a clear message to Israel that its occupation of the Golan is unacceptable and that it violates the UN Charter and international law, and that it should end its occupation of all occupied Arab lands and cease its violations of human rights and international laws.

Al-Jaafari said that this vote shows that the majority of members states are against the continuation of the Israeli occupation of the Syrian Golan, and also affirms that Israel’s attempts to annex the Golan are null and void and without any legal effect.

“The people of the occupied Syrian Golan thwarted all the Israeli occupation’s attempts to Judaize Golan, and the most recent example was thwarting the so-called local councils elections on October 30th,” he said.

Syria’s Representative said that the United States’ vote against the resolution isn’t surprising, since Washington is Israel’s partner in its wars and aggression in the region, and has been stealing the Golan’s resources via American companies like Genie Energy, Afek, and AES Corporation that conduct illegal oil exploration in Golan.

He added that the US also practices occupation by having its forces deployed in Syrian territories to protect Daesh (ISIS) terrorists in al-Tanf area and north of Deir Ezzor.

Al-Jaafari said that the US vote against the resolution sends a clear message to the world signaling the end of Washington’s alleged role of sponsoring the peace process in the Middle East.

Hazem Sabbagh

H.E. Dr. Bashar Jaafari at the Fourth Committee Meeting on Syrian Golan