Indonesia Refuses Trump's Recognition of the Golan Heights
Indonesia Foreign Affairs Minister Retno Marsudi (Photo by : Foreign Affairs Ministry)

JAKARTA (TheInsiderStories) – Indonesia flatly rejected the recognition of President United States Donald Trump over the Golan Heights as part of Israel’ territory. The refusal was filed to maintain stability and peace-building in the Middle East, especially political upheaval between Israel and Syria, said senior minister today (03/26).

In a written statement, Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi, stated that Indonesia still recognized the Golan Heights as an inseparable part of the sovereignty of the Republic of Syria which is currently occupied by Israel after the 1967 war.

Marsudi explained that Indonesia’s establishment was based on the principles in the Charter of the United Nations (UN) regarding respect for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of each country, as well as various elements contained in UN Security Council resolutions related to the Golan Heights, including Resolution 242 (1967), 338 (1973) and 497 (1981).

Marsudi explained, in these resolutions, it was stated that the UN refused the forced occupation of an area and the withdrawal of Israel forces from the Golan Heights region.

In addition, the UN also rejects the jurisdiction of Israeli law over the Golan Heights and confirms that Israel’s move to occupy the Golan Heights is illegitimate and has no impact on international law.

Therefore, Marsudi stressed, Indonesia urged the international community to continue to respect international law and the charter of the UN and to continue to be guided by the relevant UN Resolution in promoting the peace process in the Middle East.

Previously, President Trump declared his recognition of Israeli sovereignty in the Golan Heights on a visit to Israel on Monday (03/25). The statement drew a negative response from the international community.

Last year, Trump also issued a controversial policy regarding Israel by moving the US Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

In his statement, Trump stated that Israel had taken control of the Golan Heights in 1967 to safeguard its security from external threats. Looking at the critical situation in the region, Trump felt it was appropriate to recognize Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights.

According to Trump, the aggressive actions by Iran and terrorist groups, including Hezbollah, in southern Syria continue to make the Golan Heights a potential launch point for attacks on Israel. All possible future peace agreements in the region must take into account Israel’s need to protect itself from Syria and other regional threats.

“Now, Therefore, I, Donald J. Trump, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim that, the United States recognizes that the Golan Heights are part of the State of Israel,” he said in written statement.

Written by Daniel Deha, Email: daniel@theinsiderstories.com

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