03 May 2019

The Syrian mission to the UN asked the council presidency, held by France, to schedule an urgent meeting to “discuss the situation in the occupied Syrian Golan and the recent flagrant violation of the relevant Security Council’s resolution by a permanent member-state.” The council is scheduled to discuss the latest crisis on 4th April during a meeting on renewing the mandate of UN peacekeeping force deployed between Israel and Syria in the Golan, known as UNDOF.

The head of the Lebanese Shia movement Hezbollah, a key Syrian ally, called for resistance against the US decision. Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah said the only option left to Syrians to take back their land - and for Palestinians to achieve their “legitimate rights” - was “resistance, resistance, and resistance”. Trump’s decision “deals a knockout punch to what is called the peace process in the region, which is built on (the concept of) land in exchange for peace”.

Five European countries with seats on the council earlier rejected Trump’s decision and voiced concern that the US move would have broad consequences in the Middle East. Two of Washington’s closest allies - Britain and France - joined Belgium, Germany and Poland to declare that the European position had not changed and that the Golan remained Israeli-occupied Syrian territory, in line with international law enshrined in UN resolutions. China and Russia spoke out against the US decision during the council meeting, as did South Africa and Indonesia, two countries that strongly support the Palestinians, along with Kuwait, a US ally. n

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Kabeer Katlat

The Communist movement in India has a history of almost a century after the salvos of October Revolution in Russia brought Marxism-Leninism to the people of India who were engaged in the national liberation struggle against the British colonialists. It is a complex and chequered history.