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Statement by Ambassador Liu Jieyi at the Security Council after Voting on the Draft Resolution on the Question of Palestine

2014/12/31

Mr. President,

China voted in favour of draft resolution on the question of Palestine submitted by Jordan on behalf of the League of Arab States. The draft reflects the reasonable demands of the Arab States, including the Palestinian people, and is in accord with the relevant United Nations resolutions, the principle of land for peace, the Arab Peace Initiative, the road map for peace in the Middle East, and China’s consistent position. We express deep regret over the failure of the draft resolution to be adopted.

China is highly attentive to the Palestinian-Israeli question and has always made constructive efforts to advance the Middle East peace process. In 2013, President Xi Jinping of China put forward four proposals on the Palestinian-Israeli question. This year, Minister for Foreign Affairs Wang Yi of China proposed five points for resolving the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. China supports the just cause of restoring the legitimate national rights of the Palestinian people; establishing a fully sovereign and independent State of Palestine, based on the 1967 borders and with East Jerusalem as its capital; and Palestine’s accession to membership of the United Nations and other international organizations. China hopes that Palestine and Israel will resume peace talks as soon as possible, end the occupation at an early date and achieve peaceful coexistence.

The Middle East peace process is now in deep stalemate and the tensions between Palestine and Israel persist. We call upon the international community to redouble its efforts to help Palestine and Israel to end the cycle of violence and return to the correct track of peace talks. We call upon the Security Council to effectively assume responsibility for the Palestinian-Israeli question and to play its due role. China is willing to join the relevant stakeholders within the international community in their common efforts, and will continue to play a constructive role in promoting a just and lasting settlement of the question of Palestine.

Thank you, Mr. President.

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