Message of Congratulations by Premier Wen Jiabao To the Special Commemorative Meeting for the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People
On the occasion of the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, I would like to extend, on behalf of the Chinese Government and people, my warmest congratulations to the special commemorative meeting of the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian people.
I would also like to take this opportunity to express my deep condolences over the recent passing away of President Arafat and my heartfelt sympathy to the Palestinian Government and people. President Arafat was an outstanding leader and prominent statesman of Palestine. He was the founder and active promoter of China-Palestine relations. His death is a loss not only to the Palestinian people and the peace-loving people in the Middle East, but also to the Chinese people who found in him a great friend.
The question of Palestine is at the core of the Middle East issue. Solution will be brought about only by political negotiation. Relevant UN resolutions and the "land for peace" principle constitute the important political foundation for the Middle East peace talks. The restoration of the Palestinian people's legitimate rights, including the right to statehood, should be the primary objective of the efforts to resolve the Middle East issue. China stands opposed to violence of any form and is of the view that the sovereignty and security of all countries in the Middle East should be effectively protected.
The Middle East situation is now at a critical moment and its future evolution will have a great impact on peace and stability in the world. The international community should push Israel and Palestine to end violence and resume talks at an early date so as to rebuild mutual trust and implement the Roadmap Plan. China stands ready to work with all parties concerned to achieve the long-term peace and stability in the Middle East.