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5 EU allies reiterate opposition to Trump Golan action

The Associated Press
In this photo taken on Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019, a herd of cows graze near Moshav Keshet in the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights. President Donald Trump signed a proclamation on Monday, March 25, 2019 recognizing Israel's sovereignty over the Golan Heights, reversing more than a half-century of U.S. policy in the Middle East.

United Nations – Five European Union allies of the United States are reiterating their opposition to President Donald Trump’s recognition of Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights and raising “strong concerns” about the consequences.

Ambassadors from the five EU members of the U.N. Security Council – France, Germany, Britain, Poland and Belgium – issued a joint statement Tuesday saying that they don’t recognize Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights which Israel occupied in 1967.

They said: “Annexation of territory by force is prohibited under international law,” and any unilateral border changes go against “the rules-based international order and the U.N. Charter.”

The statement concluded: “We raise our strong concerns about broader consequences of recognizing illegal annexation and also about the broader regional consequences.”