The US has defended in the UN security Council, in its controversial decision, the Israeli-annexed Golan heights formally as Israeli state area to recognize.

The people lived there for decades, according to Israeli law, and the Golan heights are not expected to fall under the dominion of Syria and Iran, said the Deputy UN Ambassador of the USA on Wednesday evening (local time) in New York. The US decision will not affect the UN peacekeeping mission in the Region, insured Rodney Hunter on the occasion of Syria requested a special session of the most powerful UN body.

The Russian Deputy Ambassador to the UN Vladimir Safronkow described the US decision as “null and void” because it was in breach of UN resolutions and international law.

U.S. President Donald Trump had recognized the Israeli-annexed Golan heights on Monday alone formally as the territory of Israel and, thus, a turnaround in US foreign policy. The EU recognises the Golan heights, however, still not as a territory of Israel. And the United Nations also made it clear that it maintained its previous Position on the issue.

Israel had conquered the strategically important rocky plateau above the lake of Galilee in 1967 and in 1981 annexed. The has not been recognised internationally. Under international law the Golan heights are considered to be Israeli-occupied territory of Syria.

Germany’s UN Ambassador Christoph Heusgen described it as “deeply cynical”, that of all Syria deplore the step of the United States as a breach of international law. Finally, the Syrian leadership for “cruel crime, ruthless brutality and violations of international law and human rights,” said Heusgen.

dpa