Syria wants UN to pressure Israel over Golan residents

Syria is asking U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to pressure Israel to allow Syrians living in the occupied Golan Heights to visit family in Syria, according to a letter written FM Walid Muallem Tuesday.

Syria wants UN to pressure Israel over Golan residents
Foreign Minister Walid Muallem wrote that "Israel's ban on residents of occupied Syrian Golan visiting their families and parents in their homeland of Syria, as called for by international law and the Declaration of the Rights of Man, increases the suffering of the inhabitants under occupation.

"It is a flagrant violation by Israel of its obligation as an occupying authority," the letter added.

"Israel refuses to return Golan to Syria in line with U.N. Security Council resolutions and to reach a just and comprehensive peace in the region."

Resolutions 242 and 338 call for Israel to return Arab territories it captured in the 1967 Arab-Israeli war.

Among them was the Golan Heights, which Israel subsequently annexed.

Negotiations over Golan broke down in 2000 over Israel's insistence on keeping a strip of land on the eastern shore of the Sea of Galilee.

Agencies

Güncelleme Tarihi: 19 Aralık 2007, 10:43
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