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Statement by Ambassador WU Haitao at the Security Council After Voting on the Draft Resolution on the Palestinian Question

2016/12/23

China welcomes the adoption by the Security Council of resolution 2334 (2016) on the Israeli settlements and appreciates the important role played by the sponsors in promoting its adoption.

The question of Palestine has been the crux of the Middle East issue. It is also the underlying cause of the situation in the region. Defending the legitimate national interests and rights of the Palestinian people is the shared responsibility of the international community. Recent years have seen the stalled peace talks between the two sides, the ever-expanding Israeli settlements, ongoing violence and conflicts, the constantly deteriorating humanitarian situation and the growing tensions between Palestine and Israel, all of which has threatened the prospect of two-States solution as well as regional peace and stability.

China has all along supported the Council in playing its due role on the question of Palestine. The adoption of the Resolution 2334 (2016) by the Council today is significant. It reflects the common aspiration and wish of the international community and heeds the just demand of Palestine and the Arab countries. We urge Israel to implement Resolution 2334 (2016) in a practical manner, immediately end its settlement activities and stop demolishing Palestinian homes in order to create conditions for the relaunch of the peace talks. China encourages both sides to honor their respective obligations, keep calm, exercise restraint and gradually establish mutual trust so as to return to the right path of peace negotiations as soon as possible.

China has been a firm supporter of the just cause of the Palestinian people. China supports the Palestinian people in establishing an independent State with full sovereignty, based on the 1967 borders, and with East Jerusalem as its capital. China welcomes and supports all efforts that help ease tension between Israel and Palestine, achieve the two-State solution at an early date and support the peaceful coexistence between the two sides. China is ready to work with the international community in scaling up the diplomatic efforts to promote an early, comprehensive and just solution to the conflict between Palestine and Israel.

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