Egypt parliament condemns US recognition of Israeli sovereignty over Golan Heights

Gamal Essam El-Din , Sunday 24 Mar 2019

A statement said the latest decision of US president Donald Trump's administration to recognise Israel's sovereignty over the Golan Heights is a violation of international laws

Egyptian parliament
File photo: Egyptian parliament (Reuters)

Egypt's parliament – the House of Representatives – denounced in a statement on Sunday the US's decision to recognise Israel's sovereignty over the occupied Syrian Golan heights. 

"The United States in a new irresponsible step decided to violate all international charters and resolutions, not to mention the simple rules of international legitimacy, " said the statement.

"The US decided to recognise the sovereignty of Israel over the occupied Syrian Golan heights, and it is a decision taken by an unauthorised body on an occupied land."

In this respect, the statement added, the House of Representatives declares its complete rejection of such irresponsible decisions. 

"It also stresses Egypt's firm position which considers the Syrian Golan heights as occupied Arab land in line with the resolutions of international legitimacy, at the top of which are the two UN resolutions 424 and 338, which were issued by the Security Council during the 1967 and 1973 wars," said the statement.

"The first resolution states that Israel should withdraw from all the lands that it occupied during the 1967 war, including the Golan heights," said the statement, adding that "as for the 338 resolution, it calls for a political settlement to the conflict, but not including the lands which were occupied in 1967."

The statement also referred to resolution 497/1981, which states that the decision by Israel to impose its laws, judicial sovereignty and administration over the occupied Syrian Golan heights is invalid, null and has no international legitimacy.

The statement added that "in addition to the above, the resolutions of the UN General Assembly (35-122) issued on 11 December 1980 condemn Israel for issuing legislation which leads to changing the nature and position of the Golan heights, and for trying to impose the Israeli nationality on Syrian citizens in a compulsory way."

The statement also said that the UN Human Rights Council in its 43th round on 11 February 1981 also condemned all Israeli measures aimed to impose its sovereignty and authority on the Golan heights.

"The council said all these measures should be considered null, void and invalid," said the statement.

Egypt parliament's concluded that it is calling upon international community to stand up to the American political bias, which will lead to spawning more terrorism and instability in the region and across the world. 

"Parliament also calls upon our Arab peoples and states to relinquish divisions, find common ground, and mend fences, because the dangers are great, and the foxes of this age were able to get the power to launch repeated assaults on the rights of the Arab world and peoples only because of our internal divisions and weaknesses."

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