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RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) -- The Organization of Islamic Cooperation has condemned comments by Israel's prime minister that the Golan Heights "will forever remain in Israeli hands."

The 57-member organization based in Jiddah, Saudi Arabia, said Wednesday the comments are a violation of international law. It said it would convene a meeting on the remarks as well.

The OIC is the world's largest body of Islamic nations.

Israel captured the strategic plateau from Syria in the 1967 Mideast war and annexed it in 1981. An Israeli withdrawal was long seen as a key to any Israel-Syria peace agreement.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made the comments on Sunday, saying he doubted Syria would ever return to what it was after the violence of its civil war.

Syria immediately criticized the comments as "reckless" and "provocative."

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