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Wang Yi: To Solve the Palestinian Issue, Taking Action is Important

On April 13, 2017, Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Foreign Minister Riad al-Malki of Palestine jointly met the press after holding talks in Beijing. Wang Yi expressed that now it is important to take action to solve the Palestinian Issue.

Wang Yi said that this year marks the 70th anniversary of the adoption of the UN Palestine Partition Plan, and according to this resolution, Israel has the right to found a country, so does Palestine. However, 70 years have passed, Palestine has not established an independent country with complete sovereignty yet, which is unfair. This kind of historical injustice must be corrected, and should not be continued any more.

Wang Yi expressed that China supports Arab countries' peace proposal and the two-state solution. China supports to establish an independent State of Palestine with full sovereignty, taking the 1967 borders as the basis and East Jerusalem as its capital, and supports any efforts that are conducive to easing the situation between Palestine and Israel. Attaching importance to the recent reiteration of consensus reached by Arab countries on the Palestinian Issue at Summit of the League of Arab States (LAS), China believes that though hotspot issues are falling and rising in the Middle East, the Palestinian Issue remains to be the root of the Middle East issues.

Wang Yi stressed that at present, the resumption of Palestinian-Israeli peace talks has not begun, the reason for which is lack of endogenous dynamics and external thrust. Therefore, the Chinese side believes that what is important right now is to take action:

The first is to promptly stop any action that undermines peace talks and mutual trust, earnestly implement the UN Security Council Resolution 2334, and stop the construction of new settlements as well as violent behaviors against innocent civilians.

The second is to resume peace talks as soon as possible. Relevant parties can proceed with specific issues, from small to big, gradually reestablish and accumulate mutual trust to inject impetus into peace talks and open up hope for peace.

The third is to enhance international cooperation, strengthen the thrust for peace talks. All parties that have traditional influence on the Palestinian Issue should take the lead in doing so, as well as actively think about the innovation on existing peace-promotion mechanisms and the enrichment of peace-promoting channels.

Wang Yi pointed out that China has always been making efforts to promote peace talks. Last month, China received Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's visit to China, and pushed forward Israel to continuously solve the Israel-Palestine issue based on the two-state solution. The meeting of BRICS Special Envoy on the Middle East Issueproposed by China and co-chaired by both China and India as presidencies, has been held a few days ago. In a word, China will not be absent in any occasion that is conducive to advancing the settlement of the Palestine-Israel issue.

China has always actively supported Palestine's capacity building. Over the years, China has provided assistance to over 40 projects in Palestine. President Xi Jinping announced that China would assistant Palestine to build solar power station and offer new humanitarian aid to the country during his visit to the LAS headquarters last year. The Chinese side will continue to provide support and assistance within its capability for the Palestinian side.

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