|China calls for settlement of Middle East disputes through political negotiations|
UNITED NATIONS, Nov. 30 (Xinhua) -- China on Wednesday called on relevant parties in the Middle East to resolve their disputes through political negotiations with the goal of Palestine and Israel living side by side in peace.
Li Baodong, permanent representative of Chinese mission to the UN, made the remarks at a meeting of the General Assembly on review of the Middle East situation and the Palestinian issue.
Li said that the Middle East issue not only has a comprehensive impact on the situation in the Middle East, but also bears on world peace and stability.
Political settlement of the Palestinian issue conforms to the universal aspiration of people of all countries in the region and the international community, and concerns the long-term peace and security of the Middle East region, he said.
"We always maintain that the parties concerned should resolve their disputes through political negotiations under the relevant UN resolutions, the principle of 'land for peace', the Arab Peace Initiative and the Middle East Roadmap for Peace with the goal of ultimately establishing an independent Palestinian state and two states, Palestine and Israel, living side by side in peace," he said.
Li noted that China supports the efforts made by Quartet to promote resumption of the Palestinian-Israeli peace talks. "We urge Israel to immediately cease settlements construction, call on the Palestinians and Israelis to work actively in collaboration with the efforts of the international community to promote peace, and create conditions for rebuilding mutual trust and breaking the impasse," he said.
The ambassador also stressed that China has all along supported the Palestinian people in their just cause to restore the lawful rights of the nations.
China supports the establishment of an independent Palestinian state that enjoys full sovereignty, with East Jerusalem as its capital and based on the 1967 border as well as Palestine's membership in the United Nations, he added.