Al-Ja’afari: “the Golan belongs to Syria”
BY LEITH FADEL ~ ON JANUARY 16, 2015
New York, SANA – Syria’s Permanent Representative to the UN Dr. Bashar al-Jaafari said Golan was and would always remain a Syrian territory despite the current circumstances taking place in the country and we will continue our struggle for the full restoration of it until the line of June 4th, 1967.
Addressing participants at the UN Security Council session on the situation in the Middle East held on Thursday, al-Jaafari called upon the UN to assume its responsibilities and break the silence towards the “bitter reality” imposed on Golan people due to the Israeli occupation which controlled the territory since 1967.
He said that the UN should be serious and show interest in dealing with the occupied Syrian Golan according to the UNSC resolutions in this regard, particularly resolution No. 497 for 1981.
“The UN inability to force Israel to comply with its resolutions is unacceptable, especially those related to halting systematic and outrageous violations of human rights and putting an end to its policies of settlement, discrimination, suppression and arbitrary arrests against Syrian citizens, in addition to tightening grip on them, not to mention its plans to theft Golan natural resources, including water, gas and oil, “al-Jaafari added.
He noted that the recent decision issued by the Supreme Court of Israel lifting the ban on drilling for oil, permitting Israeli companies to start drilling works is a clear violation of international law.
“Amid international silence towards Israeli unjust practices, Israel is now taking part in plotting against Syria and providing support to takfiri terrorism in the country in order to destroy it. Israeli involvement became clearly evident when Israeli war airplanes launched several strikes against different targets in the Syrian territories in a clear violation of the international law and the 1974 Disengagement Agreement in a way that ignites tension to unprecedented levels and leads to wide-scale repercussions,” al-Jaafari said.
He added that what is really provoking is that neither UNSC nor the Department of Peacekeeping Operations or the UN Secretary General Spokesman condemned Israel’s aggressive practices.
” The Israeli occupation has also provided support for terrorists in the separation zone of the Syrian Golan, including medical treatment of the injured in their hospitals, and in a way that endangered the lives of United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) peacekeepers, facts proved to be true according to reports by the UN Secretary General and Israeli media,” the Permanent Representative said.
” Such support had enabled an increase in movement by terrorist groups, including Al-Nusra Front, as well as the continuous kidnapping of peacekeepers. Such practice stresses the need to be more serious in handling this issue,” he said, noting that the Department of Peacekeeping Operations has ignored all information and warns provided by the Syrian government in this regard.
Stating his unwillingness to respond to misleading allegations in statements of delegations of the EU, US, Britain, France and Saudi Arabia, al-Jaafari noted that they are meant to divert attention from the Israeli occupation and reduce the international pressure on it, adding that these countries themselves don’t respect UNSC resolutions on counterterrorism, especially 2170 and 2178.
He said that there is a legal and historic responsibility on the UN towards the establishment of an independent and sovereign Palestinian State as provided in resolution No. 181 for 1947 which stipulated for the division of Palestine and resolution No. 273 for 1949 on admitting Israel’s membership into the UN on the condition that it should obligate to resolution No. 181 on establishing the Palestinian state and resolution No. 194 on granting all Palestinian refugees the right to return to their homes.