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Statement by H.E. Ambassador Zhang Yesui at Security Council Open Debate on the Situation in the Middle East, including the Question of Palestine


 (Photograph by Shen Hong/Xinhua News Agency)

We are deeply concerned over the stalemate in the Middle East peace process and the bleak prospects for resumption of the peace talks.

We hope the parties concerned will strengthen their belief in the peace talks,overcome the difficulties and interruptions, and create favorable conditions for an early resumption of the peace talks.Israel should freeze all settlements activity and cease the building of separation walls.Israel should also refrain from moves that do not contribute to resumption of the peace talks on the issue of East Jerusalem.

The humanitarian situation of the occupied Palestinian territory remains a big challenge for resumption of the Middle East peace process.The parties concerned should earnestly implement Security Council resolution 1860,and abandon any violence against civilians.We urge Israel to open all the border crossings to Gaza, and ensure that the region achieves reconstruction as soon as possible and its people return to normal life.

The internal reconciliation in Palestine is of critical importance.We hope all factions in Palestine bear in mind the long-term interests of the nation and work together to strive for the Middle East peace process.We support the efforts made by Egypt in this regard.

The international community should redouble its efforts to push for all parties to build the momentum for negotiations.We hope the Quartet will play a bigger role in facilitating the Palestinian-Israeli negotiations.We also hope the Security Council will contribute more significantly to the peace process.

China supports the achievement of the goal of two states, Israel and Palestine, living side by side in peace on the basis of the relevant UN resolutions, the Arab Peace Initiative, the principle of "land-for-peace",and the "roadmap".China will continue to make constructive contributions, along with the rest of the international community, to the achievement of the two-state solution and a comprehensive, just and lasting peace in the Middle East.

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