Trump said via Twitter on Thursday that the time has come for the United States to fully recognize Israel's sovereignty over the Golan Heights.
“We call the Secretary-General of the United Nations, the Security Council and the General Assembly to condemn President Trump’s statement and to take all the necessary steps to ensure the implementation of the relevant resolutions in order to maintain peace, security and stability in the world,” Jaafari told reporters.
Jaafari said that he expects France’s Ambassador to the United Nations Francois Delattre, who is now presiding over the UN Security Council, to take “firm steps” in condemning Trump’s statement.
“Our Minister of Defense, a couple of days ago, said that we have the right to get back our Golan by all means, legal means, including by force,” Jaafari added. “This is our territory, and we will get it back.”
Meanwhile, Syrian Foreign Ministry has urged the UN Secretary-General and the President of the Security Council to establish a clear official position on the status of the Golan Heights, local media reported.
"Syria demands UN Secretary-General [Antonio Guterres] to take an unambiguous official stance confirming the stable position of international organizations in relation to the problem of the Israeli occupation of the Syrian Golan Heights," the Syrian Foreign Ministry's letter to the UN secretary-general and the UN Security Council president read, as quoted by the Syrian Ikhbariya TV.
Damascus has called upon the UN Security Council to "take effective measures" that will ensure the fulfilment of the mandate to implement the resolutions stating that Israel has "to withdraw from the entire territory of the Golan Heights to the June 1967 line." "These are resolutions 242, 338, 497," the letter notes.
The Golan Heights is a strategically important land that has been mostly under Israel's control since the country seized the area after the 1967 Six-Day War. In 1981, Israel adopted a law that officially annexed the Golan Heights, but the United Nations declared the legislation as null and void and without international legal effect.
Syria has repeatedly stated the Golan Heights is an integral part of its territory, and that it will work to return it by any means necessary.