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EU Says Doesn't Recognize Israel's Sovereignty over Golan Heights.

Summary: TEHRAN (FNA)- The European Union announced that it does not recognize Israel's sovereignty over the Golan Heights on Friday after US President Donald Trump moved to do so for the territory viewed by European allies as occupied.

"The position of the EU has not changed," an EU spokeswoman told Reuters.

"The European Union, in line with international law, does not recognize Israel's sovereignty over the territories occupied by Israel since June 1967, including the Golan Heights and does not consider them to be part of Israel's territory," she added.

A German government spokeswoman also condemned Trump's call to recognize Israeli sovereignty over the strategic territory.

"If national borders should be changed it must be done through peaceful means between all those involved," Spokeswoman Ulrike Demmer said of the Golan Heights, which Israel captured in the 1967 Middle East war.

America's close foreign policy ally Britain stated on Friday it had no plans to change its stance on the Israeli-occupied Golan.

"The UK views the Golan Heights as territory occupied by Israel. Annexation of territory by force is prohibited under international law, including the UN Charter," a British foreign office spokesman said in a statement, adding, "We did not recognize Israel's annexation in 1981 and have no plans to change our position."

Paris also announced on Friday that France does not recognise the Israeli annexation of the Golan Heights and its recognition is contrary to international law.

"The Golan is a territory occupied by Israel since 1967. France does not recognise the Israeli annexation of 1981," the French foreign ministry said in a daily briefing, adding that UN Security Council resolutions had recognised the annexation as null and void.

"The recognition of Israeli sovereignty over the Golan, occupied territory, would be contrary to international law, in particular the obligation for states not to recognise an illegal situation," it added.

In a tweet that caught many by surprise, Trump announced that the time had come for the United States to take the step, which Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warmly welcomed as a "miracle" on the Jewish holiday of Purim.

"After 52 years it is time for the United States to fully recognize Israel's Sovereignty over the Golan Heights, which is of critical strategic and security importance to the State of Israel and Regional Stability!" Trump tweeted.

The US would be the first country to recognize the annexation, which the rest of the international community regards as Syria territory occupied by Israel.

Last week, in its annual human rights report, the US State Department dropped the phrase "Israeli-occupied" from the Golan Heights section, instead calling it "Israeli-controlled".

Netanyahu has for weeks been stepping up longstanding Israeli requests for the US and others to recognize the occupied Golan as Israeli territory.

In December 2017, Trump formally recognized Jerusalem al-Quds as the so-called capital of Israel and later moved the American embassy from Tel Aviv to the holy city which Palestinians view as the capital of their future state.

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Date:Mar 23, 2019
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