UNITED NATIONS, Jan. 23 (Xinhua) -- China said here Wednesday that dialogue and negotiations remain the only way to settle the Palestine-Israel dispute, and called for early resumption of the peace talk between the two sides.
"The question of Palestine-Israel constitutes the core of the Middle East peace process," Li Baodong, the Chinese permanent representative to the United Nations, told a Security Council open debate on the Middle East.
"China has always advocated that the parties concerned should resolve their dispute through political negotiations on the basis of relevant UN resolutions, the principle of Land for Peace, the Arab Peace Initiative and the Middle East Peace Roadmap so as to eventually lead to the establishment of an independent state of Palestine and peaceful coexistence between the two states of Palestine and Israel," Li said.
China welcomes and supports all measures which could help break the deadlock of Palestine-Israeli peace talks and push forward a renewed dialogue between the two sides, Li noted.
"China is always firmly opposed to settlement constructions by Israel in Occupied Palestine territories in East Jerusalem and the West Bank of the Jordan River," Li said, voicing China's serious concern over Israel's suspension of transfers of tax payments to Palestine
"We call on Israel, who is in a stronger position, to stop the building of settlements, to lift the blockade on Gaza and to release Palestinian prisoners. We also urge Israel to take measures to remove obstacles to the resumption of peace talks," he urged.
China supports the endeavor of the Palestinian people to establish, on the basis of the 1967 border; an independent state of Palestine with full sovereignty and with East Jerusalem as its capital, the ambassador noted.
"An independent state of Palestine, which is the legitimate rights of the Palestinian people, is the basis and precondition to achieve peaceful coexistence between Israel and Palestine," Li said. "Palestine's successful bid to be recognized as a UN non- member observer state is a positive step on the road of establishing itself as an independent state."
Deeply worried by the long halt of the peace talks between Palestine and Israel, China hopes the international community increase its sense of responsibility and urgency for advancing the Middle East peace process, Li added.
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