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Syria renews call for ending Israeli occupation of the Syrian Arab Golan

Geneva, (ST) - Ambassador Husam Eddin AlaSyria's Permanent Representative to the UN Office, and other international organizations in Geneva, renewed Syria’s demand for ending the Israeli occupation of the Syrian Arab Golan.

Ambassador Ala said in a statement in the 45th session of the Human Rights Council “ Item 7 on the state of the human rights in Palestine and other occupied Arab lands”, that despite the Human Rights Council and UN bodies’ repeated resolutions call for ending the Israeli occupation of the Syrian Golan, the Israeli entity continues its illegitimate procedures to impose its laws and will on the occupied Syrian Golan in a flagrant violation of the UN Security Council resolutions ,including the resolution no.497 for 1981.

He indicated that the occupation authorities have continued their repressive practices against the Syrian citizens of the occupied Golan and have imposed arbitrary restrictions and measures that violate their basic rights. These basic rights include their right to work, health, educationpossession and freedom of movement.The occupation authorities continue their looting of the natural resources of the occupied Syrian Golan, the ambassador indicated.

Ambassador Ala added that, the occupation forces have continued to harass the Syrian citizens in the occupied Syrian Golan in an attempt to seize their agriculture lands and to confiscate them and establish an agricultural situation to serve the Israeli settlers, in addition to restricting the Syrian citizens’ movement and preventing them from building on their lands in the framework of the Israeli schemes to establish a demographic change in the occupied Syrian Golan”.

Syria stresses the importance of the Item 7 on monitoring the Israeli violations of the human rights in the occupied Palestinian territories, including the Eastern al-Quds (Jerusalem) and the occupied Syrian Golan and its role in putting pressures on the occupation authority to oblige it to stop committing violations and illegal practices and to end its occupation”Alacontinued, holding the states supporting Israel responsible for the continuation of those practices and crimes.

Ambassador Ala said that “Syria condemns the continued expansion of Israeli settlements in the Syrian Golan and the occupied Palestinian territories, including Eastern al-Quds (Jerusalem), and calls for complete cessation of all forms of settlement and other activities aimed at making demographic change and converting the legal situation of the occupied lands in a blatant violation of the UN Security Council relevant resolutions and the Fourth Geneva Convention”.

Ala affirmed that Syria also condemns the Israeli entity’s crimes and violations of the human rights, the international law and humanitarian law in the occupied Palestinian lands, including Eastern  al-Quds (Jerusalem), and calls for stopping the barbaric practices committed by the occupation forces against the Palestinians.

Ala stressed that Syria renews its support for the Palestinian people’s right in establishing their independent state, on the borders of June 4, 1967, with al-Quds (Jerusalemas its capital, guaranteeing the return of Palestinian refugees based on the UN relevant resolutions and ending the Israeli occupation of the occupied Lebanese lands.

Ala concluded his speech , asserting that the extraordinary circumstances Syria is witnessing do not change the fact that the Golan will remain a Syrian land, and that Syria’s right in its occupied Golan is guaranteed by international law and UN resolutions, particularly the resolution 497 of 1981.

Raghda Sawas