United Nations (QNN)- The five UN Security Council members from the European Union reiterated Tuesday their opposition to President Donald Trump’s recognition of Israel’s sovereignty over the occupied Golan Heights and raising “strong concerns” about the consequences.
The five members — Belgium, Britain, France, Germany, and Poland — issued a joint statement following U.S. President Donald Trump’s Monday proclamation to recognize Israel’s sovereignty over the territory that Israel seized from Syria in 1967 and annexed in 1981.
“Our position on the status of the Golan Heights is well-known, and we would like to make it clear that this position has not changed,” the statement confirmed. “In line with international law and relevant Security Council resolutions, notably Resolutions 242 and 497, we do not recognize Israel’s sovereignty over the territories occupied by Israel since June 1967, including the Golan Heights, and we do not consider them to be part of the territory of the State of Israel,” it added.
They also said: “Annexation of territory by force is prohibited under international law,” and any unilateral border changes go against “the rules-based international order and the U.N. Charter.”
The statement concluded: “We raise our strong concerns about broader consequences of recognizing illegal annexation and also about the broader regional consequences.”