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UN Security Council expected to hold urgent meeting on Golan Heights

A picture taken from the Syrian town Ain al-Tineh shows the Druze town of Majdal Shams in the Israeli- annexed Golan Heights on March 26, 2019.

French Ambassador Francois Delattre told reporters a closed-door meeting on the UNDOF peacekeeping force serving on the Golan Heights [where Israel seized from Syria in the 1967 Six-Day War and annexed in 1981] could be turned into an open session in response to Syria's request. Delattre said he had sent the proposal for the meeting at 3:00 pm (1900 GMT) to council members and was awaiting their comments.

The UN Security Council is expected to hold an urgent public meeting Wednesday on the US decision to recognize the Golan Heights as Israeli territory, the French ambassador said.

Syria requested the meeting in a letter sent Tuesday to France, which holds the council presidency for the month of March.

French Ambassador Francois Delattre told reporters a closed-door meeting on the UNDOF peacekeeping force serving on the Golan could be turned into an open session in response to Syria's request.

Delattre said he had sent the proposal for the meeting at 3:00 pm (1900 GMT) to council members and was awaiting their comments.

President Donald Trump signed a proclamation Monday in which the United States recognized Israel's annexation of the strategic plateau, despite UN resolutions that call for Israel's withdrawal from the Golan.

Three UN Security Council resolutions call on Israel to withdraw from the Golan, which it seized from Syria in the 1967 Six-Day War and annexed in 1981, in a move that was never recognized internationally.

At a meeting on the Middle East on Tuesday, several countries spoke out against the US decision and European countries voiced concern that the move could have broad consequences in the region.

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