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A senior US official told Security Council today that the signed proclamation affirming his country’s recognition of the Golan as part of the State of Israel “does not affect the 1974 Disengagement Agreement, nor “undermines UNDOF’s mandate in any way.” UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 27 MARCH 2019, NEW YORK CITY

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RECENT – NEW YORK CITY

1.Wide shot, exterior, United Nations Headquarters

27 MARCH 2019, NEW YORK CITY

2.Various shots, Security Council
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Rodney Hunter, United States Counselor for Political Affairs, United States Mission to the United Nations:
“This announcement does not affect the 1974 Disengagement Agreement, nor do we believe that it undermines UNDOF’s mandate in any way. UNDOF continues to have a vital role to play in preserving stability between Israel and Syria, most importantly by ensuring that the Area of Separation is a buffer zone free from any military presence or activities other than those of UNDOF.”
4. Med shot, Security Council
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Rodney Hunter, United States Counselor for Political Affairs, United States Mission to the United Nations:
“The United States and this Council cannot accept Syria’s efforts to establish its presence in the Area of Separation as a new norm. Therefore, the United States calls on the Russian Federation to use its influence with the Assad regime to compel the Syrian forces to uphold their commitment to the Disengagement of Forces Agreement and immediately withdraw from the Area of Separation.”
6. Med shot, Security Council
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Rodney Hunter, United States Counselor for Political Affairs, United States Mission to the United Nations:
“The United States strongly supports and affirms Israel’s sovereign right to self-defense. The United States welcomes the mission’s progress in returning to its Bravo side operations. Recent events make clear that Syrian armed forces activities on the Bravo side go beyond those agreed to in the Disengagement Agreement. The United States encourages UNDOF and the Observer Group Golan to resume inspections in the areas of limitation on the Bravo side as soon as practical given conditions on the ground.”
8. Wide shot, Security Council
9. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Bashar Jaafari, Permanent Representative of the Syrian Arab Republic to the United Nations:
“These American practices are dangerous. They are dangerous because they represent a blind and unprecedented tendency of this administration to twist international policy, humiliate the United Nations, and run roughshod over all resolutions in this Council and the General Assembly with regard to the Arabic-Israeli conflict as an unavoidable need of putting an end to the Isreali occupation of the Arab lands going back to 1967.”
10. Wide shot, Security Council
11. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Bashar Jaafari, Permanent Representative of the Syrian Arab Republic to the United Nations:
“Let’s be clear and let’s be direct, the United States in its illegal proclamation made by its President is running against its commitment under the Charter, under the principle of international law and Security Council Resolutions, knowing that the United States is a permanent member of the Council.”
12. Wide shot, Security Council
13. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Bashar Jaafari, Permanent Representative of the Syrian Arab Republic to the United Nations:
“The Syrian Arab Golan is ours and it will come back to us. Don’t be misguided by thinking that one day this land will be yours due to hypocrisy or due to being a pun in an electoral game. A game where you bring each other support so that the Israelis can success in their elections and so that the Americans can get support from the Israeli lobby groups in the United States.”
14. Various shots, Security Council
15. Wide shot, Security Council
16.SOUNDBITE (English) Danny Danon, Permanent Representative of Israel to the United Nations:
“The Syrian Ambassador comes here and talks about the Golan Heights. Shame on you. Where were you when your own government was gassing children? Shame on you for dropping barrel bombs on your people. Shame on your for inviting the Iranian into your country.”
17. Wide shot, Security Council
18. SOUNDBITE (English) Danny Danon, Permanent Representative of Israel to the United Nations:
“No nation in the world would give up strategic land to its most dangerous enemy. Without Golan Heights, Israel will find Quds soldiers on the tip of the sea of Galilee.We will never let that happen.”
19. Wide shot, Security Council

STORYLINE:

Senior US Official Rodney Hunter told Security Council today that the signed proclamation affirming his country’s recognition of the Golan as part of the State of Israel “does not affect the 1974 Disengagement Agreement, nor “undermines UNDOF’s mandate in any way.”

Speaking to the Security Council today (27 Mar) in New York, US Counselor for Political Affairs Rodney Hunter said that the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) “continues to have a vital role to play in preserving stability between Israel and Syria, most importantly by ensuring that the Area of Separation is a buffer zone free from any military presence or activities other than those of UNDOF.”

He noted that the decision of recognizing the Golan Heights as part of the State of Israel is of critical strategic, and security importance to the State of Israel, and the U.S. believes it can contribute to stability.

Expressing concerns about the Secretary-General’s reports of continued military activities and presence of the Syrian armed forces in the Area of Separation. Rodney Hunter said, “the United States and this Council cannot accept Syria’s efforts to establish its presence in the Area of Separation as a new norm.”

He added, “the United States calls on the Russian Federation to use its influence with the Assad regime to compel the Syrian forces to uphold their commitment to the Disengagement of Forces Agreement and immediately withdraw from the Area of Separation.”

Hunter also state, “the United States strongly supports and affirms Israel’s sovereign right to self-defense,” adding that his country “welcomes the mission’s progress in returning to its Bravo side operations.”

He added, “recent events make clear that Syrian armed forces activities on the Bravo side go beyond those agreed to in the Disengagement Agreement. The United States encourages UNDOF and the Observer Group Golan to resume inspections in the areas of limitation on the Bravo side as soon as practical given conditions on the ground.”

Addressing the Security Council, Syrian ambassador Bashar Jaafari condemned the statement made by the President of the United States on the 25th March.

He said, “these American practices are dangerous. They are dangerous because they represent a blind and unprecedented tendency of this Administration to twist international policy, humiliate the United Nations, and run roughshod over all resolutions in this Council and the General Assembly with regard to the Arabic-Israeli conflict as an unavoidable need of putting an end to the Israeli occupation of the Arab lands going back to 1967.”

Jaafari stated, “let’s be clear and let’s be direct, the United States in its illegal proclamation made by its President is running against its commitment under the Charter, under the principle of international law and Security Council Resolutions, knowing that the United States is a permanent member of the Council.”

The Syrian Ambassador reiterated, “the Syrian Arab Golan is ours and it will come back to us. Don’t be misguided by thinking that one day this land will be yours due to hypocrisy or due to being a pun in an electoral game. A game where you bring each other support so that the Israelis can success in their elections and so that the Americans can get support from the Israeli lobby groups in the United States.”

Israeli Ambassador Danny Danon told the Council that the State of Israel’s sovereignty over Golan Heights is vital, both for preventing future Syrian act aggression against Israel, and for ensuring the safety, security and stability of our region.

He said “the Syrian Ambassador comes here and talks about the Golan Heights. Shame on you. Where were you when your own government was gassing children? Shame on you for dropping barrel bombs on your people. Shame on your for inviting the Iranian into your country.”

The Israeli Ambassador reiterated, “no nation in the world would give up strategic land to its most dangerous enemy. Without Golan Heights, Israel will find Quds soldiers on the tip of the sea of Galilee. We will never let that happen.”
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