The UN Security Council (Photo: AP)
YNetNews By: Reuters
After Netanyahu declaration Israel would never leave the Golan, UN Security Council stresses that ‘the status of the Golan remains unchanged’ and Israeli annexation of the plateau is ‘null and void and without international legal effect.’
UNITED NATIONS – The United Nations Security Council on Tuesday voiced alarm over Israeli cities and towns about the Golan Heights on Syria’s border with Israel, adding that its status remains unchanged.
Earlier this month Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared that Israel would never relinquish the Golan Heights, in a signal to Russia and the United States that the strategic plateau should be excluded from any deal on Syria’s future. The declaration was condemned by the European Union, the United States, the Arab League and Syria.
“Council members expressed their deep concern over recent Israeli statements about the Golan, and stressed that the status of the Golan remains unchanged,” China’s UN Ambassador Liu Jieyi, president of the 15-nation Security Council this month, told reporters after a closed-door meeting.