Syria is calling on the United Nations Security Council to hold an urgent meeting on the US decision to recognise the Golan Heights as Israeli territory.
President Donald Trump signed a proclamation on Monday in which the United States recognised Israel’s annexation of the strategic plateau, despite UN resolutions recognising the Golan as Israeli-occupied territory.
Israel occupied the Golan Heights from Syria during the 1967 Arab-Israeli War and continues to occupy roughly two-thirds of the wider Golan Heights region as a direct result of the conflict.
In 1981, Israel formally annexed the territory, in a move unanimously rejected at the time by the UN Security Council.
In a letter seen by AFP, the Syrian mission to the United Nations asked the council presidency, held by France, to schedule an urgent meeting to “discuss the situation in the occupied Syrian Golan and the recent flagrant violation of the relevant Security Council’s resolution by a permanent member-state.”
The French presidency did not immediately schedule the meeting and diplomats said there would be a discussion at the council about the request.
The council is scheduled to discuss the latest crisis on Wednesday during a meeting on renewing the mandate of the UN peacekeeping force deployed between Israel and Syria in the Golan, known as UNDOF.
The head of the Lebanese Shia movement Hezbollah, a key Syrian ally, called for resistance against the US decision.
Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah said the only option left to Syrians to take back their land – and for Palestinians to achieve their “legitimate rights” – was “resistance, resistance, and resistance”.