Arab countries met at the United Nations on Monday to discuss US President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Israeli annexation of the occupied Golan Heights, but no decision was made about proposing a UN resolution condemning the US move, diplomats said.
Tunisian Foreign Minister Khemaies Jhinaoui said there was “no need,” for the time being, to press for further action that would have reaffirmed UN resolutions that call on Tel Aviv to withdraw from the Golan.
“The Security Council has already adopted a resolution,” Jhinaoui told reporters, citing Resolution 497, which declared Israel’s annexation claims null and void.
“That resolution is very clear that this is a territory occupied by Israel and has to be liberated, so there is no need to go, I think, no need now,” he said when asked about a possible new resolution.
Arab League Ambassador Maged Abdelaziz said the US decision would be discussed at a meeting between Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Arab ministers in Moscow next week.
At an Arab League summit in Tunis last month, leaders slammed the US, which comes after Trump’s decision in December 2017 to recognize Al-Quds (Jerusalem) as the Zionist entity’s capital.
At a Security Council meeting last month held at Syria’s request, Trump’s decision was denounced as a violation of international law as enshrined in UN resolutions.
The four other permanent council members — Britain, China, France and Russia — said they would continue to view the Golan as Israeli-occupied territory.
Source: Israeli media