France: Israeli sovereignty over Golan against int'l law

France: Israeli sovereignty over Golan against int'l law
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“The Golan is a territory occupied by Israel since 1967. France does not recognize the Israeli annexation of 1981,” the French Foreign Ministry said in a daily briefing, adding that UN Security Council resolutions had recognized the annexation as illegal, ONA reports citing Sputnik.

The same stance has been voiced by a German government spokeswoman, who said “the Golan Heights is a Syrian territory occupied by Israel.”

"If national borders should be changed it must be done through peaceful means between all those involved," spokeswoman Ulrike Demmer said.

"The government rejects unilateral steps," she added.

Earlier, US President Donald Trump wrote on Twitter that now was the time for the US to recognize the Golan Heights as part of Israel. According to him, the time has come to take such a step in the interests of the security of Israel and the region as a whole.

Earlier in the day, the European Union stressed that it does not recognize Israel's sovereignty over the Golan Heights.

“The position of the EU has not changed,” an EU spokeswoman said. “The European Union, in line with international law, does not recognize Israel's sovereignty over the territories occupied by Israel since June 1967, including the Golan Heights and does not consider them to be part of Israel's territory.”

On Friday, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said that the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) member states condemn the recent statement by US President Donald Trump on the necessity to fully recognize Israel's sovereignty over the Golan Heights.

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