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Somalia recalls UN  Ambassador for Abstaining Vote
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Somalia recalls UN Ambassador for Abstaining Vote

The government has recalled it's ambassador to the UN Human Rights Council after she abstained to vote on a resolution condemning the Israeli occupation of Golan Heights. Ambassador Faduna Abdullahi Mohamed was summoned to Mogadishu by the Foreign Affairs Ministry. "You are required to return to the country no later than one week from now. The ministry wishes you will come within the aforementioned period", reads the letter in part. The UNHRC voted 26-16 on Friday to condemn Israel’s “occupation” of the Golan Heights. Somalia was among 5 countries that abstained from voting which came one day after US President Donald Trump said the United States would recognize Israeli sovereignty on the Golan. Israel annexed the Golan in 1981 after capturing it from Syria in 1967. Trump’s comments make the US the first country to recognize that annexation.
At the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva on Friday, however, the resolution’s passage by a slim majority of the council’s 47 members was reflective of the larger debate over anti-Israel bias and had little to do with the Golan issue. The European Union, which has opposed Trump’s statement, did not support the passage of the Golan resolution, with all 10 EU nations on the UNHRC voting against it. Bulgarian Ambassador Deyana Kostadinova said the EU continued to oppose Israel’s annexation of the Syrian Golan, which is a clear violation of international law. “The EU reaffirms its commitment to protection of human rights in the occupied Syrian Golan and the applicability of the 4th Geneva convention to the occupied Golan.” But the UNHRC resolution, Kostadinova said, is unbalanced. “It expresses deep concern for the suffering of the Syrian citizens due to Israeli action, but does not mention the suffering caused by the Syrian regime,” she said. Last year, the EU’s 10 member states also opposed the annual Golan resolution. The vote in 2018 was similar to this year’s, with the resolution passing 25-14 with 7 abstentions.
The UNHRC voted 26-16 on Friday to condemn Israel’s “occupation” of the Golan Heights. There were five abstentions to the pre-scheduled vote, which came one day after US President Donald Trump said the United States would recognize Israeli sovereignty on the Golan. Israel annexed the Golan in 1981 after capturing it from Syria in 1967. Trump’s comments make the US the first country to recognize that annexation. At the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva on Friday, however, the resolution’s passage by a slim majority of the council’s 47 members was reflective of the larger debate over anti-Israel bias and had little to do with the Golan issue. The European Union, which has opposed Trump’s statement, did not support the passage of the Golan resolution, with all 10 EU nations on the UNHRC voting against it. Bulgarian Ambassador Deyana Kostadinova said the EU continued to oppose Israel’s annexation of the Syrian Golan, which is a clear violation of international law. “The EU reaffirms its commitment to protection of human rights in the occupied Syrian Golan and the applicability of the 4th Geneva convention to the occupied Golan.” But the UNHRC resolution, Kostadinova said, is unbalanced. “It expresses deep concern for the suffering of the Syrian citizens due to Israeli action, but does not mention the suffering caused by the Syrian regime,” she said. Last year, the EU’s 10 member states also opposed the annual Golan resolution. The vote in 2018 was similar to this year’s, with the resolution passing 25-14 with 7 abstentions.