The UN General Assembly on Tuesday adopted a resolution calling on Israel to liberate the occupied Golan Heights. This is reported by TASS.
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For the document voted 91 countries, including Russia, Brazil, India, China and Saudi Arabia. Eight countries, including the United States and Britain, opposed it, while another 62 abstained. The resolution was co-sponsored by Algeria, Venezuela, Egypt, Jordan, Iraq, Qatar, North Korea, Cuba, Kuwait, Lebanon, Mauritania, the UAE, Syria and Tunisia.
The document consists of eight points, the first of which is a statement that Israel has not yet implemented UN Security Council Resolution 497 of 1981, which requires the country to repeal the law establishing Israeli jurisdiction over the Golan Heights.
In addition, the resolution demands that "Israel withdraw from all occupied Syrian Golans to the line that existed on June 4, 1967, in accordance with relevant Security Council resolutions." "The continued occupation of the Syrian Golan and its actual annexation are an obstacle to achieving a just, comprehensive and lasting peace in the region."
In addition, the UN General Assembly "calls on Israel to resume negotiations on the Syrian and Lebanese directions and to respect the commitments and guarantees agreed during previous negotiations" and "requests the Secretary-General to submit a report on the implementation of this resolution to the General Assembly at the 79th session.
The Golan Heights, which belonged to Syria, were captured by Israel during the 1967 Six-Day War.
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In 1981, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed a law unilaterally declaring the sovereignty of the Jewish state over this territory.
United Nations Security Council Resolution 497 of 17 December 1981 declared the annexation invalid.
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