Arab States Concerned over Regional Stability after Trump’s Golan Move

President Donald Trump front signs a proclamation in the Diplomatic Reception Room at the White House in Washington Monday

Golan Heights: Trump signs order recognising occupied area as Israeli

The Saudi Press Agency also described Monday's proclamation by Mr Trump as a clear violation of the United Nations Charter and of worldwide law.

"We raise our strong concerns about broader consequences of recognizing illegal annexation and also about the broader regional consequences", he said, flanked by the ambassadors of the four other countries.

He chose to sign the Golan Heights sovereignty decree on March 25, as American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), the main Israel lobby group in the USA, was holding its annual conferencein Washington.

"Your decision to recognize sovereignty is a two-fold act of historic justice: Israel won the Golan Heights in a just war of self-defence, and the Jewish people's connection to that land goes back generations".

"Israel took control of the Golan Heights in 1967 to safeguard its security from external threats".

Trump eventually followed that up on Monday by signing a proclamation that declared the Golan belongs to Israel at the White House with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at his side.

In 1967 Israel seized the territory from Syria during the Six Day War and annexed it in 1981 in a move that has not been internationally recognised.

The proclamation said that it is "appropriate to recognize Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights" because of the security need of Israel. His action went against the global rule on the "inadmissibility of the acquisition of territory by force", we were told - conquest, in less lawyerly language.

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The unprecedented decision overturns decades of U.S. policy, previously aligned with the United Nations, that had acknowledged the Golan Heights as Syrian territory. "The U.N.'s policy on Golan is reflected in the relevant resolutions of the Security Council and that policy has not changed".

Meanwhile, Turkey's foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said it was "impossible" for his country to accept Trump's decision, and added his country would take action, including at the United Nations.

"Israel has never had a better friend than you", he told the president.

Syrians protest in the northern city of Aleppo against the US decision to recognize Israel's sovereignty over the Golan Heights, March 26, 2019. "Indonesia recognizes it as Syrian territory, which is now occupied by Israel".

"After 52 years it is time for the United States to fully recognize Israel's Sovereignty over the Golan Heights, which is of critical strategic and security importance to the State of Israel and Regional Stability!"

Meanwhile, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said it was "clear that the status of the Golan has not changed", according to a UN spokesman.

It further added that the decision merely normalizes occupation and violence while weakening the value of worldwide law.

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