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Damascus: Syria sovereign right on occupied Golan non-negotiable

New York, Syria's Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Bashar al-Jaafari, said Syria sovereign right on occupied Syrian Golan, until the line of June 4th, 1967, is non-negotiable, adding Syria's occupied territory should be completely restored.

Al-Jaafari made his remarks during a UN Security Council's meeting held on Thursday to discuss the situation in the Middle East.

Al-Jaafari added that the double standards policy has become inherent for some of UN Security Council's member states which just pay lip service to human rights, the international law and principles of the UN Charter, meanwhile they deliberately disregard the odious Israeli occupation which still persists in Palestine, the Syrian Golan and a swath of South Lebanon over more than 50 years.

He affirmed that the Israeli occupation of Palestinian, Syrian and Lebanese territories, the displacement of their people, the confiscation of properties and establishment of settlements, relying on Takfiri Zionist creed, is terrorism.

The Syrian diplomat pointed out that the West, especially the US, has always protected the Israeli entity and granted it the immunity from prosecution despite its repeated violations of hundreds of UNSC resolutions demanding it to end its occupation of the Arab territories and withdraw to the line of June 4th, 1967, which in turn encouraged Israeli entity to perpetrate heinous crimes, the most recent of which the killing of dozens and the injury of thousands of Palestinian civilians who took part in peaceful protests organized over the last few weeks commemorating the Palestinian Land Day.

Al-Jaafari renewed Syria's firm stance in support of the Palestinian people's right to self-determination and the establishment of their independent state with Jerusalem as its capital, in addition to guaranteeing the refugees' right to return in accordance with UNSC resolution no. 194 (1948).

He denounced the stance of the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process who has deliberately overlooked the situation in the occupied Syrian Golan and the Israeli entity's continued violations and hostile practices there.

Source: Islamic Republic News Agency - IRNA


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