The European Union has refused to recognize Israel’s sovereignty over the occupied Golan Heights, said EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini on Wednesday.
In a statement on behalf of the 28 EU member states, Mogherini said “the EU’s position on the status of the Golan Heights has not changed”.
“In accordance with international law and United Nations Security Council Resolutions 242 and 497, the European Union does not recognize Israel’s sovereignty over the occupied Golan Heights,” she said.
The statement came after US President Donald Trump signed a decree on Monday declaring the United States’ formal recognition of Israel’s sovereignty over the occupied Golan Heights, breaking with the US administration’s traditional policy of has never recognized the annexation of this territory by the Jewish State.
The Golan Heights is a Syrian territory occupied in 1967 by Israel during the Six Day War. It was annexed in 1981, despite UN resolutions calling on Israel to withdraw completely and unconditionally from the plateau.