China calls on Israel to halt hostilities

By Monitoring Desk
Tuesday – May 18, 2021
BEIJING (China): Chinese foreign office (FO) spokesperson Zhao Lijian, addressing a regular press conference on Monday, said that the Chinese foreign minister (FM) Wang Yi, chairing a United Nations Security Council (UNSC) session, put forward a four-point proposal regarding the Palestine-Israel situation, pointing out that ceasefire and cessation of violence is the top priority and all parties, especially Israel, are urged to exercise restraint and stop hostilities immediately.

According to a press release, he continued: humanitarian assistance is an urgent need and all parties are urged to step up humanitarian assistance in Palestine to spare no effort to avoid humanitarian disaster.

International support is a due obligation and the international community, especially the UNSC, is called on to take vigorous actions to deescalate and cool-down the situation.

The “two-state solution” is the fundamental way forward, and Palestine and Israel should be supported to resume peace talks at an early date and advance the political settlement.

The overwhelming majority of UNSC members spoke with a common voice: all called for an immediate ceasefire and preventing a full-blown crisis; all required protecting civilians and avoiding more casualties; all stick to political settlement and called on Palestine and Israel to resume peace talks on the basis of the “two-state solution” at an early date; all believed that the UNSC should make an unanimous voice, advance the peace talks process in a just manner and work for the peaceful coexistence of Palestine and Israel.

As the president of the UNSC, China will continue to push the UNSC to fulfil its duty, play its role and make due contributions to the settlement of the Palestinian question in a comprehensive, just and durable manner.

As the president of the UNSC for May, China has been actively playing a mediating role.

We worked for the convening of two emergency consultations at the UNSC to discuss the Israel-Palestine conflict.

Violence can only bring more seeds of hatred. China strongly condemns violence against civilians and once again urge parties to the conflict to immediately cease military activities and hostilities and stop such moves as air strikes, ground offensives and rocket launches that exasperate the situation.

In particular, Israel should exercise restraint, earnestly observe relevant United Nations (UN) resolutions, stop demolition of Palestinian homes and the eviction of Palestinian people, discontinue its settlement expansion, put an end to violence, threats and provocations against Muslims, and maintain and respect the historical status quo of the holy sites in Jerusalem.

The overwhelming majority of UNSC members spoke with one voice: all believed that the UNSC should make an unanimous voice, advance the peace talks process in a just manner and work for the peaceful coexistence of Palestine and Israel.

But regrettably, due to the obstruction of one country, the UNSC has not been unable to speak with one voice.

We call on the United States (US) to shoulder its due responsibilities, take an unbiased stance, and support the UNSC in playing its due role in easing tensions, rebuilding trust and advancing political settlement.



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