CHINA Chinese envoy asks to stick to two-state solution to Palestinian-Israeli conflict

CHINA

Chinese envoy asks to stick to two-state solution to Palestinian-Israeli conflict

Xinhua

07:48, June 21, 2019

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Wu Haitao, China's deputy permanent representative to the United Nations. (File photo: CGTN)

UNITED NATIONS, June 20 (Xinhua) -- A Chinese envoy on Thursday called for adherence to the two-state solution in addressing the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

"The two-state solution remains the only correct way out of the Palestinian-Israeli question," said Wu Haitao, China's deputy permanent representative to the United Nations.

The international community must work on the basis of the Arab Peace Initiative, the land-for-peace principle, and relevant Security Council resolutions to facilitate a comprehensive, fair and lasting solution to the question of Palestine with a view to establishing a State of Palestine with full sovereignty, on the basis of the 1967 borders, and with East Jerusalem as its capital, he told the Security Council.

Any new initiative must comply with the above-mentioned basic international norms, he said.

The final status of Jerusalem is a complex and sensitive issue, which is fundamental to the settlement of the Palestinian question and crucial to regional peace and tranquillity. The issue must be handled properly, said Wu.

It is necessary to effectively implement Security Council Resolution 2334, which concerns Israeli settlements in occupied Palestinian territory, he said.

"The party concerned must immediately cease all settlement activities in the occupied territory, cease the demolition of Palestinian houses, cease the destruction of Palestinian property and must take measures to prevent violence against civilians," the envoy said.

It is imperative to immediately cease all legal actions or unilateral measures toward legitimizing settlements, and take practical measures to remove their impact, he added.

He asked the international community to improve the economic and humanitarian situation in Palestine.

The prolonged blockade of Gaza has led to a severe humanitarian situation in the region, which is not conducive to regional stability. The blockade should be immediately lifted, said Wu.

He asked the international community to increase support for the UN relief agency for Palestine refugees and wished a donation pledging conference next week a success.

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