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UN: US and Israel 'isolated' in Golan Heights declaration - Syria UN rep02:59

UN: US and Israel 'isolated' in Golan Heights declaration - Syria UN rep

United Nations, New York City
March 28, 2019 at 03:48 GMT +00:00 · Published

Syrian Ambassador to the United Nations Bashar Jaafari said the US and Israel were 'isolated' in supporting US President Donald Trump's recognition of Israeli sovereignty over the occupied Golan Heights, on the sidelines of a UN Security Council meeting on Wednesday in New York City.

"It's an Israeli insult protected by another American insult happening in the same day. We called for a meeting of the Security Council to explain the dangerous implications and the impacts of the American behaviour - or misbehaviour," said Jaafari.

According to Jaafari, the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) refused and condemned the US declaration. "We have 120 Member States behind us plus, of course, the Arabic States, including 14 members out of 15 in the Security Council, supporting our point of view," Jaafari said. "So we are not isolated. The Americans are isolated, the Israeli are isolated, we are not isolated."

On Monday, Trump signed a declaration recognising Israel's sovereignty over the Golan Heights, a territory the Israeli state captured from Syria in 1967. Israel subsequently annexed the Golan Heights in 1981, in a move that was not recognised internationally.

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Syrian Ambassador to the United Nations Bashar Jaafari said the US and Israel were 'isolated' in supporting US President Donald Trump's recognition of Israeli sovereignty over the occupied Golan Heights, on the sidelines of a UN Security Council meeting on Wednesday in New York City.

"It's an Israeli insult protected by another American insult happening in the same day. We called for a meeting of the Security Council to explain the dangerous implications and the impacts of the American behaviour - or misbehaviour," said Jaafari.

According to Jaafari, the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) refused and condemned the US declaration. "We have 120 Member States behind us plus, of course, the Arabic States, including 14 members out of 15 in the Security Council, supporting our point of view," Jaafari said. "So we are not isolated. The Americans are isolated, the Israeli are isolated, we are not isolated."

On Monday, Trump signed a declaration recognising Israel's sovereignty over the Golan Heights, a territory the Israeli state captured from Syria in 1967. Israel subsequently annexed the Golan Heights in 1981, in a move that was not recognised internationally.

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