China calls on Israel to immediately end all settlement activity in occupied territory

December 1, 2010 10:23 am 

UNITED NATIONS, Dec. 1 — China on Tuesday called on Israel to immediately stop all settlement activity in the occupied Palestinian territory in order to revive the peace talks between the Palestinians and the Israelis.

The statement came as Wang Min, the Chinese deputy permanent representative to the United Nations, was taking the floor at a two-day meeting of the UN General Assembly to mark the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People.

"We urge Israel to immediately stop all settlement activity and the construction of the separation wall in all the occupied Palestinian territory, including the West Bank and East Jerusalem, " Wang said.

The relevant Israeli settlement activity in the occupied territory has put the direct peace negotiations between the Palestinians and the Israelis into a dilemma, he noted.

"Regrettably, because of the serious consequences of the Israeli settlement activity, the direct Palestinian-Israeli talks were brought to a complete standstill in less than a month after it was relaunched in early September, creating extensive concerns and anxiety in the international community," Wang said.

"The resumption of the peace talks has not come easily, therefore all parties concerned should treasure this opportunity in the overall interest of promoting the efforts to achieve peace, stability and development in the Middle East region," he said. " Constructive measures should be taken and interference avoided in order to move forward the direct Palestinian-Israeli peace talks."

At present, the humanitarian situation in the occupied territory, particularly in the Gaza Strip, remains grave, and a large part of the Palestinian residents there are still under very poor living conditions, Wang said. "This is not conducive to the regional stability, nor conducive to creating the favorable conditions for the resumption of the peace talks between Palestine and Israel."

China has always firmly supported the Palestinian people in their right cause for the restoration of legitimate national rights, and always advocated that Palestinians and Israelis resolve their differences through dialogue on the basis of relevant UN resolutions, the principle of "land for peace," the Arab Peace Initiative and the roadmap for the Middle East peace in order to achieve the two-State solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict — a secure Israel to live in peace with an independent Palestine state, he said. (PNA/Xinhua)

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