UN body: Israel annexation of Syria's Golan is null and void
Syria-Israel-UN, Politics, 11/27/2006
The United Nations Human Rights Council passed a resolution as it resumed its second session today, considering the Israeli occupied Syrian Golan Heights
Meeting in Geneva, the 47-member body in a resolution on human rights in the occupied Golan Heights, Council members – by a vote of 32 to 14 with one country abstaining – criticized Israel's 1981 annexation of the area and declared "null and void" any attempts to impose Israeli laws and jurisdiction.
Syria's delegate Khalit Bitar told the Council meeting that Israel had undertaken a deliberate "Judaicisation" of the area following the annexation, changing the Arab Syrian identity of the region's people.
Israeli representative Itzhak Levanon said Syria had on several occasions rejected Israel's efforts to find a peaceful settlement of the Golan question, and it had also initiated the Six-Day War in 1967 that led to the occupation.
In a resolution on a review of the mandates of the Council, members voted 30 to 15 (with two abstentions) to ask an intergovernmental working group on the issue to review a revised draft manual and make recommendations on possible additions or amendments.
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