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Security Council resolution 497 (1981) [Israel-Syrian Arab Republic]

Publisher UN Security Council
Publication Date 17 December 1981
Citation / Document Symbol S/RES/497 (1981)
Reference 1981 Security Council Resolutions
Cite as UN Security Council, Security Council resolution 497 (1981) [Israel-Syrian Arab Republic], 17 December 1981, S/RES/497 (1981), available at: [accessed 18 June 2019]

Resolution 497 (1981) of 17 December 1981

The Security Council,

Having considered the letter of 14 December 1981 from the Permanent Representative of the Syrian Arab Republic contained in document S/14791,[1]

Reaffirming that the acquisition of territory by force is inadmissible, in accordance with the United Nations Charter, the principles of international law, and relevant Security Council resolutions,

1. Decides that the Israeli decision to impose its laws, jurisdiction and administration in the occupied Syrian Golan Heights is null and void and without international legal effect;

2. Demands that Israel, the occupying Power, should rescind forthwith its decision;

3. Determines that all the provisions of the Geneva Convention Relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War of 12 August 1949[2] continue to apply to the Syrian territory occupied by Israel since June 1967;

4. Requests the Secretary-General to report to the Security Council on the implementation of this resolution within two weeks and decides that in the event of non-compliance by Israel, the Security Council would meet urgently, and not later than 5 January 1982, to consider taking appropriate measures in accordance with the Charter of the United Nations.

Adopted unanimously at the 2319th meeting.


1 Document S/14795, incorporated in the record ot the 2316th meeting.

2 United Nations, Treaty Series, vol. 75. p 287

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