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China supports Palestine in becoming full member of UN, says FM


 , Updated 12:54, 07-Mar-2024

China supports Palestine's full membership in the United Nations, and urges a certain UN Security Council member to stop laying obstacles to that end, said Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Thursday.

"We call for a more broad-based, more authoritative, and more effective international peace conference to work out a timetable and road map for the two-state solution," said Wang, who is also a member of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China Central Committee.

Wang called the failure to end the humanitarian disaster caused by the Palestinian-Israeli conflict today in the 21st century "a tragedy for humanity and a disgrace for civilization."

"Nothing justifies the protraction of the conflict, or the killing of the civilian population," he said.

The long occupation of the Palestinian territories is a fact that should not be ignored anymore, and that the long-cherished aspiration of the Palestinians for an independent state should not be evaded anymore, stressed Wang.

More importantly, the historical injustice to the Palestinians must not be allowed to continue uncorrected from generation to generation, he continued.

Wang said restoring justice to the Palestinian people and fully implementing the two-state solution is the only way to break the vicious cycle of Palestinian-Israeli conflicts, to eliminate the breeding ground of extremist ideologies, and to realize enduring peace in the Middle East.

Wang made the comments when he took questions of journalists from home and abroad on China's foreign policy and external relations at a press conference on the sidelines of the second session of the 14th National People's Congress.

At the press conference, the Chinese foreign minister also summarized the Chinese way to address hot-spot issues.

It is a commitment to non-interference in internal affairs, a commitment to political settlement, a commitment to objectivity and impartiality, and a commitment to addressing both symptoms and root causes, he said.

"On all hot-spot issues, China always promotes talks for peace. We never add fuel to the fire," said Wang.

All peoples in the world have a sense of justice in their hearts, and credibility comes before influence, he continued.

China will work with all countries to build consensus for ending conflicts, pave the way for peace talks, and strive for a world of lasting peace and common security, added Wang.

(Cover: A woman walks past damaged buildings in Gaza City, February 10, 2024. /Xinhua)

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