United Nations. India has voted in favor of a draft resolution tabled in the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) expressing deep concern over Israel’s failure to withdraw from the Syrian Golan. The Syrian Golan is an area in southwestern Syria that was captured by Israeli security forces on June 5, 1967. Voting was held in the 193-member United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday on a resolution titled ‘Syrian Golan’ under the agenda based on the theme ‘Situation in West Asia’.
Egypt moved the resolution, which received 91 votes in favor and eight against, while 62 members abstained. Apart from India, those who voted in favor of the resolution included Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, Malaysia, Maldives, Nepal, Russia, South Africa, Sri Lanka and the United Arab Emirates. Australia, Canada, Israel, Britain and the US voted against the draft resolution. The resolution expresses deep concern that, contrary to relevant Security Council and General Assembly resolutions, Israel has not withdrawn from the Syrian Golan, which it has occupied since 1967. The resolution declared that Israel had failed to comply with Security Council Resolution 497 (1981).
It also said that “Israel’s decision to impose its law, jurisdiction and administration in the occupied Syrian Golan Heights is invalid and without effect under international law.” Tuesday’s resolution cited Israel’s December 14, 1981 The decision was also declared invalid and said to have no validity. It called on Israel to rescind its decision. The resolution also stressed the illegality of Israeli settlement construction and other activities in the Syrian Golan, occupied since 1967.
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