Israel had seized Golan during the 1967 Middle East civil war and then annexed it from Syria in 1981, a move not recognized internationally, which the UNSC had declared “null and void and without international legal effect”.
According to Dawn news reports, Syria, in a letter to 15-member UNSC requesting for a meet, has described Washington decision as the “flagrant violation” of UN resolution.
Earlier in 1974, the UNSC had deployed a peacekeeping force – known as the UNDOF (UN Disengagement Observer Force) – in order to monitor a truce between Israel and Syria in the Golan Heights. There are above 880 troops deployed on the grounds by the UN.
Senior fellow at the Institute for International and Strategic Affairs has said Arab states “allies of the United States are the most embarrassed because they have gone to great lengths to get closer to Donald Trump”.